Dinner 13: Salad Days

Salad Days, “Salad Days”, and Salad Night

No Comments 31 August 2011

By Hairee Lee

Cheers To Being Past Our Salad Days!

Last week, the freshmen of Harvard began to move into the dorms. I almost ran over a few of them while riding my bike to work. There were several ironies encapsulated in this brief run-in with the class of 2015.

Salad Days is the theme for this Dinner Series event, not only in recognition of back-to-school time, but also as a hurray to no longer living in salad days.

One irony was that September no longer holds the gross tang of fresh binders and buying other back-to-school stuff, thank God, but I still purchased mix-matched wine glasses from the student supplies bin parked on the north end of the main Harvard campus.

Harvard Freshmen moving into dorms last week

Two was that while I think I look and dress a helluva lot better now than back when I was a freshman, the 17 year-olds have that glow of youth, which in many ways is synonymous to beauty.

Three was that while I mentally shuddered and shook my head, ‘no’, at the naivete, the pimples, the exam cramming headed their way (pun intended), I still felt nostalgic. For the sense of everything being possible, the high metabolism, the astonishingly quick hangover recovery, the not having to worry about finding a job and making money.

I felt ambivalent. What gets me through these moments of ambivalence and unease and uncertainty, which is pretty much the steady state of my life, is a great meal, wine, and amazing friends.

Salad Days is the theme for this Dinner Series event, not only in recognition of back-to-school time, but also as a hurray to no longer living salad days, which, though awesome while it lasted, is in the past and, frankly, my life now is pretty fantastic.

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Dinner 13: Salad Days

Salad Days Wines: Talking to Central Bottle’s Maureen Rubino

No Comments 31 August 2011

By Hairee Lee

Maureen Rubino has a super short

Maureen Rubino of Central Bottle

haircut, balances a pen over her right ear, sports a tattoo of “Riesling” on the inside of her left forearm, and wears a puffed sleeves blouse. It’s a combination of elements I’m not sure how to reconcile, but as a wine merchant and consultant, there no question of her focus and knowledgeability in food and wine. She is, hands-down, the best wine consultant I’ve ever consulted with.

One of the four founders/owners of Central Bottle, a wine and gourmet foods shop near Central Square, Maureen and her store first came to my attention when Jonathan picked up a six bottles from her store for Dinner 9. Since then, I’d been meaning to visit the store and talk to her in person and Dinner 13 finally gave me the opportunity.

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Dinner 13: Salad Days, Table Settings

Salad Days Table Setting Is Green and sophisticated

No Comments 31 August 2011

By Hairee Lee

The table setting for Salad Days reflect the tongue-in-cheek, ironic intentions behind the theme: literal and opposite and nostalgic. The main color palette Melissa chose was green for the literal interpretation of salad days while the sophistication of the items and their combination of the opposite of what I could ever have expected during my salad days.

For more photographs, go to our Flickr album.

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Dinner 13: Salad Days

Salady “Salad Days” Menu

No Comments 31 August 2011

By Hairee Lee

Laura (pictured below), our chief Dinner Series cook and my best friend, put together the menu for this event and executed the recipes, as usual, to perfection.

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