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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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  • Reply quintessence January 25, 2012 at 7:34 am

    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!!

  • Reply Ashley's Always Entertaining January 25, 2012 at 8:05 am

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

  • Reply Decor Arts Now January 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Love that dining room in the library. Great mix!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass January 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

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

  • Reply Hamptontoes January 25, 2012 at 10:24 am

    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!

  • Reply Kate @ Travelmoon January 25, 2012 at 11:16 am

    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 :)

  • Reply Kelly Market January 25, 2012 at 11:48 am

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

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking January 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    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!

  • Reply The Zhush January 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    You know where all the fun outings are!

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

  • Reply Georgica Pond January 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    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.

  • Reply stitchfork January 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

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

  • Reply Fashion-isha January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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

  • Reply kelly green January 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    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

  • Reply pve January 27, 2012 at 5:58 am

    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.

  • Reply pve January 27, 2012 at 5:59 am

    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.

  • Reply Jessica Rowe {The Aestate} January 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

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

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