Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Artsy Wednesday: Food and Glamour

As I've written here before, I'm kind of fascinated with the blog Deep Glamour, written (mostly) by Virginia Postrel and Kate Coe.

Last week, after some chatting about the long-gone department store Garfinkels (a mainstay of my childhood - really, I remember more about hanging out in the Garfinkels kids' department than I do about most of my relatives), Kate asked if I'd like to contribute a guest post to the blog. While not especially glamorous myself, most days at least, I do have a deep affection for glamour as a concept. Plus, I love the writers there. So I was psyched.

So that's how it is that I've got a guest post up on food and glamour. Here's a teaser:

When Don Draper takes his wife and clients to dinner, it’s cocktail attire at Lutece, shorthand for glamour in 1960’s New York. Dinner at Lutece was all mousseline of pike in lobster cream sauce and beef Wellington – heavy, fancy, heady, certainly French – and nothing you would try at home.

So what’s today’s equivalent?

But go read the whole thing. (Please.)


Joyce said...

Loved the post. I've been toying with the idea of Mad Men themed dinner party, driven by a very 60's dress, but I keep getting stuck on the food. I can't put together a menu that appeals. Maybe its more of a liquor and cigarette themed event.

Kit Pollard said...

I love the idea for a themed party - but you're right. So much of the appropriate food is...jiggly.

Last fall sometime (maybe December)I saw a post on Apartment Therapy linking to another post about a mid-century themed party. The outfits were awesome but the food looked horrendous (and I can't find the post now).

But maybe you could go with old standbys like shrimp cocktail and's easy and at least it's good...


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