One of the editors over here got this invitation from a pal, and I thought it was brilliant! If, even in the darkest days, we can go forth, clean out our cupboards, and gather for frivolity, we're doing just fine.
As I looked at the can of IKEA fish balls in my fridge the other day, I thought that I will probably NEVER open them and actually eat them. And then I thought, "I wonder what else I have lurking in the cupboards that need eating?" Lentils, never made into Lentil Loaf. Canned hearts of palm. Mandarin oranges, which I don't like, but which my mother always had in HER cupboard, even though she doesn't like them either. Puffed millet, courtesy of my father. (Don't ask. Really.)
Here's the deal: it's the Restaurant for the Recession, the Poor Man's Potluck, the Cupboard Clearout. Come to dinner on Saturday. BUY NOTHING. Bring only what is in the recesses of your cupboard, or what's been chilling in the corners of your refrigerator, or what you forgot you stocked up on when your great-aunt took you to Costco that one time back in September. We'll eat what shows up; what doesn't appear to be instantly edible, we'll try and save with creative cookery and boozy banter. Tell yourself it's a game and it will all taste better! (Regardless, there is always popcorn, red wine, oatmeal and fruit in my house, so no one will starve.) Bring a friend, or not. But let me know so I can put out the requisite number of leftover holiday-themed paper napkins...
Come hungry, but with low expectations.