Here in the United States, today is a holiday set aside for remembering our blessings (and eating good food). So we’ll be taking today and tomorrow off at Fieldnotes.

Here’s something to contemplate post-feast, from Robert Farrar Capon’s classic work of theology and food, The Supper of the Lamb (one of the finest books you will ever read on either topic):

The old descriptions of heaven as the celestial banquet, the supper of eternal life, the endless convivium, hit close to the truth. Nowhere more than in good and formal company do we catch the praegustatum, the foretaste of what is in store for us.

. . . The dinner party is a true proclamation of the abundance of being Рa rebuke to the thrifty little idolatries by which we lose sight of the lavish hand that made us. It is precisely because no one needs soup, fish, meat, salad, cheese, and dessert at one meal that we so badly need to sit down to them from time to time. It was largess that made us all; we were not created to fast forever. The unnecessary is the taproot of our being and the last key to the door of delight. Enter here, therefore, as a sovereign remedy for the narrowness of our minds and the stinginess of our souls, the formal dinner for six, eight or ten chose guests, the true convivium Рthe long Session that brings us nearly home.

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