Autumn started here on September 21st with one-hundred of our friends seated at LongTable, which this year for some reason seemed extra-special. Maybe it was the never-to-be-repeated combination of people; or the food (see below for the complete menu of contributed dishes). Perhaps it was the voices absent for a variety of reasons, some painful and some joyous. I don’t really know.

Autumn is, of course, the season of the last: The last grape; the last Roma tomato; the last moment of vanishing light each day, as we prepare for winter. But autumn is also, if we dare, the season of The New.

Vibrant colors open our minds to what’s possible, while sky-blue cool air offers the gift of clarity in our thoughts. I can already see green shoots appearing on the vines, at least in my mind’s eye.

In autumn there are new things to learn and friendships to make, even in our own back yards, if we are open to them. And that’s the point: are the rustling leaves of November the sound of a dried-up and dying year, or of the excitement of possibilities ahead? I opt for the latter.


Dishes Contributed & the Heritage of their Makers

Deviled EggsIreland
Cheese SelectionFrance
Kielbasa in Puff PastryPoland
Liptauer, LandjägerAustria
Grilled Hussar SatéHungary
Mozzerella, Tomato & BasilItaly
Tortellini KabobsItaly
Irish Soda BreadIreland
Cheddar Cheese SconesEngland
Ciabatta Loaves, Pesto PastaItaly
Lecso with RiceHungary
Eggplant ParmesanItaly – Calabria
Onion Tart with Ementhaler CheeseGermany – Wurttemberg
Venison Shepherd’s PieIreland/Cherokee Nation
Halupki – Stuffed CabbageLithuania
Cous CousAlgeria
St. Louis Style Pork TenderloinUSA
Chicken PörkhöltHungary
Sausage & Sauerkraut CasserolePoland/Slovakia/Germany
Shepherd’s PieIreland
Eggplant ParmesanItaly – Verona (i.e., NJ)
Bean Soup Jokai StyleHungary
Pork Stew with TomatillosSpain
Chicken AdoboPhilippines
Garden SaladUSA
Braised Red Cabbage with ApplesGermany
German Potato SaladGermany
Chickpeas with CurryMelting Pot
Tirol Cole SlawAustria
Austrian Potato SaladAustria
Beet & Walnut Salad w/Blue CheeseGermany/Ireland
Fruit TartUSA
English TrifleEngland
Palacsinta with Ricotta & RaisinsHungary
Oeuf au LaitHaiti
Apple PieUSA
Peach DumplingsCzech – Bohemia
Fruit TartFrance
Beet Root Brownies/Zucchini CakeAustria
Apple GaletteFrance
Sugar-Free Fruit CobblerUSA