It may not look like it yet, but spring will be here, eventually. It’s always the same story, when you think about it. The redundant storms and ice-ups give the illusion that the hard work of winter will stretch well beyond our abilities to sustain it, until one morning a songbird diverts the eye to a branch and the stunning discovery of a shy, budding flower. Then, marriage season. Just like that.
The occasions to gather friends and family are many. Sometimes, all that is required is a table for two. Valentine’s Day at 158 Main is one such occasion. Then, over the weekend, we hosted a Private Dinner upstairs, in the spacious Jeffersonville Pizza Department dining room.
We always get a few snapshots while setting up. The camera is set aside when guests arrive, and the meal is served. Privacy is an integral part of the atmosphere of the moment. And so, the following simple gallery is a perfect occasion for a buffet (so to speak) of moods.
These are found in a few words: reception, feast, savor, appetite and celebration. There is a world of nuances in each word that aptly reflect the mood of a shared meal or milestone. But first… a few snapshots.
Reception – The ceremonious welcoming of a guest. The action of receiving something or of being admitted to a place, institution or group.
Feast – To drink and eat sumptuously. A sumptuous meal, usually in celebration of a person or event. From Latin “festus,” meaning joyous.
Savor – A distinctive and pleasant flavor. To taste and enjoy completely.
Appetite – A natural desire to satisfy a need. From Latin, “appetere,” meaning “seek after.”
Celebration – To acknowledge a person, holiday or event with a social gathering, especially one centered around enjoyable activities, such as a shared meal. From Latin, “celeber” for “honored” or “famous.”