The Table Comes First

Mmmm... C'est Ci Bon!

Last week, we played hooky from work and went to Versailles in Greenwich to hear Adam Gopnik speak about his latest book, The Table Comes First:  Family, France and the Meaning of Food.  Between bites of buttery croissants, Mr. Gopnik regaled us with humorous tales revolving around the family table and musings on a broad range of subjects from his Havanese puppy, Butterscotch, who is quite the “foodie”, to Brillat-Savarin (“we are what we eat”) and Fergus Henderson, a fan of “nose to tail” eating.  All of this food and fun got us thinking about where we set the table…  So whether you’re a fan of dining in the dining room…

Fine Dining

in the library…

Literary Dining

in the kitchen…

Casual Dining

in the conservatory…

Sunny Dining

or in nature…

Dining Au Naturel

we say “Bon Appetit!”

Photos via yours truly, House Beautiful, Elements of Style, Ann Getty and Elle Decor

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17 Responses to “The Table Comes First”

  1. quintessence says:

    Oh I wish I’d known about this talk – sounds marvelous!! I love eating in different places in the house – sometimes we set up a table in the family room just for a change of pace!! Wish I had a library so we could have literary dining as well!!

  2. Well worth playing hookie for! Sounds like a must read!

  3. Love that dining room in the library. Great mix!

  4. Sounds like a fun time, Carolyn! Need to pick this book up.
    Hope that you are having a nice week.

  5. Hamptontoes says:

    That sounds like my kind of talk! Amazing images too. I adore the juxaposition between the heavy wood table and the light tulip chairs…fabulous!

  6. Sounds like a very fun time! I love these inspiration images…I could definitely get on board with eating in any one of those locations :)

  7. Kelly Market says:

    How fun – need to check out this book! Some of my favorite pictures : ) xx

  8. First of all – it sounds like you had an AMAZING day! And second of all – those are some beautiful inspiration pictures! I particularly wish I was sitting in the garden in the last pic, enjoying a cocktail or four!

  9. The Zhush says:

    Such yummy inspiration and food for thought! Can’t wait to see you!xx

  10. pretty pink tulips says:

    You know where all the fun outings are!

    I love an al fresco meal….and also ones by the fire!
    xoxo E

  11. I am happy to eat anywhere, as long as the food is great and the company exceptional. Oh and it’s accompanied with copious amounts of wine. Love a beautifully set dining table and elegant dining room, though they seem to be a dying breed these days.

  12. stitchfork says:

    What a fun way to play hookie!
    No pictures tho of everyone sprawled throughout the living room while eating ;-)
    xo Cathy

  13. Fashion-isha says:

    Oh I love that first one and the greenhouse one is to die for!! Thanks!

  14. kelly green says:

    Well, if its dining in that library pick me anytime! As everyone says though, as long as the company is good it really doesn;t matter where you are! KG xx

  15. pve says:

    Oh I love that spot and would love this book too.
    I think the art of the meal is so important as well as necessary accoutrements sur la table, les fleurs. Were your ears burning…..several bloggers met and your name came up – you are loved.

  16. pve says:

    love for you to do a post on how you juggle your work, family and I remember you telling me your lunch hour was devoted to paperwork for the house. Can you give us a list of how you handle these things.
    I think we could all gleam from your practicality.

  17. Sounds awesome! Love those pictures, especially that dining room/conservatory. I would never leave it.

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