With May, June, and July graduations, weddings, and festivities comes the celebratory ritual of culinary and social interaction and entertaining, the dinner party. Bob Ryan is a larger than life fictional character from the HBO series Entourage. Portrayed by the late Martin Landau, Bob Ryan is a lovely idea of a man.
Martin Landau as Bob Ryan
He is well spoken in the language of ramble, but what he has to say is about the art of dining is worth a listen. Bob will have no part of stressful topics being discussed before, during, or after dining. Ambiance is key in the art and aid of proper digestion, a priority high on his list of dinner party ideas.
Bob Ryan reasons that proper digestion is an important part of the dining experience. Fictional or real, the wise old owl has got a point. What if I was to tell you a rich cup of Louisiana coffee or tea, fine wine, accent lighting and great music is Bob Ryan 101 at Casa Places In The Home. In the immortal words of Bob Ryan, “Is that something you might be interested in?”
From menu to music to the personalities of the diners, you’ve got to put some thought into it. Much like the perfect wine pairing, getting it right enhances the flavor of the event. I don’t believe it is terminal if the music or the wine selection doesn’t perfectly fit with a course, but it can feel like there’s been a death when we are paired with bad dinner guests. There is an art to accomplishing that particular pairing- a social sommelier, if you will. In case of social emergency, make sure the wine is flowing and hope the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Melvin Sokolsky ~ Jump, Paris, 1965
If the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach, music is the shortest route to their soul. A casual meal goes well with the greatest hits of whatever decade you have the fondest memories from. A romantic meal naturally slows down the pace of life, speeds up the pace of the heart, and goes well with a smooth groove. Music makes the mood, and no respectable formal dinner party is complete without the music.
Your crowd doesn’t have an Appetite for Destruction?
There’s a lot to be said for the advice offered up from a fictional character in a cable series. Palatable peace existing in perfect harmony in the name of digestion is at the top of my dinner party ideas list.
And yes, Bob, that is something I am very interested in.