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Dinner 14: Didriks & Friends, Table Settings

Sometimes Take Out Says I care. I care A Lot a lot.

No Comments 14 September 2011

By Hairee Lee

Al Fresco BBQ Buffet. Notice the cool and closed grill in the background. Yup. That's how we roll at Dinner Series. Well, sometimes.

Especially when it’s served like this! Makes me want to go, “Hee Haw!” at the sight of food looking this good.

But let’s backtrack a bit. It’s not that we didn’t care. Oh no, that’s not it in the least. That we got takeout for this Dinner Series event especially for the Dinner Series and Didriks team and friends had nothing to do with caring or not caring.

Actually, the fact that Jonathan suggested Red Bones BBQ with all the fixings, I think, was a testament to just how much we care. And, well, just how much we all work!

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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.1

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.2

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)3, 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.4

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.5

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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  1. And I’m riding my bike to work. Cambridgeans try to put the gloss of environmental friendliness to the commuting vehicle, but it’s actually called, “You still can’t afford a car.” []
  2. From having taught this age group, I know that most of them, if not all, haven’t a clue about this glow and will proceed to squander it with neurotic self-criticism and insecurity. Not until they’re my age will they realize their blind stupidity. []
  3. …the sneaking alcohol, the bad dates with boys, the worse sex, the talk with mom and dad about how you don’t think you belong in pre-med any more, the acceptance of roughing it and comfort with filth… []
  4. Sure, a lot of college students out in the real world worry about jobs and money. But most Harvardian freshmen probably don’t. []
  5. One of the things I love about being me now than being me before is that I understand that life is full of contradictions and rather than rejecting this truth or being depressed about it, the thing to do is drink. Sobriety, outside of a driving car or manning other heavy machinery or gestating a baby, is not the desirable state of being. It is , in my opinion, over-rated. []

Dinner 9: Bunker Hill Supper

A Brief Education on Contemporary Wines with the English Butler

No Comments 29 June 2011

Written by Hairee Lee

The wines we enjoyed during the Bunker Hill Supper for the Didriks Dinner Series were selected by Maureen Rubino, one of the four owners of Central Bottle in Cambridge, a wine shop born out of passion for wine and conceived during their trip to Florence (their story can be found here).

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Dinner 3: Burgers & Beer

The Food

No Comments 03 August 2010

For our third dinner we served organic hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, salad with pea tendrils, bread, cheese, German potato salad, and a celestial bittersweet chocolate mousse.

The Davis Square farmer’s market in Somerville (May-Nov., Wednesdays 12-6 pm) satisfied most of our produce needs for the dinner party. We picked up some of sweetest corn I’ve ever had from the Nicewicz Family Farm and fresh greens for a salad, including some crisp pea tendrils from Flat’s Mentor Farm.

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