Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Neighborhood Dinner…

There are a little more than 7,000 residents in our town or village in East Tennessee.  It’s a very friendly place with lots of social, cultural and athletic activities available for those that are interested or who want to get involved.

One casual social activity is called ‘Dinner for Six’.  One couple hosts the event, providing the entrée and accompaniments…plus the adult beverages, tea, etc.  Another couple brings the salad and appetizer and the third couple brings the bread and dessert.  It was our turn to host the event.

Laurie set up the table for our dinner party…put on some easy listening music and we waited for our guests. 

So…given the fact that there are three couples at each dinner, everyone hosts once, brings the salad once and the dessert once.  There are 3 months to a Dinner for Six cycle.  The couples are ‘mixed and stirred’ by the program coordinator…meaning that the 2 couples that you dine with one month won’t be with you for either of the other 2 meals.  Each month the odds are that you’ll meet someone new…potentially broadening your social circle.

From left to right, our guests are Lew, Laurie, Big Daddy Dave, Mark and Sue.  I’ve always maintained that ‘real men’ don’t wear bibs (unless they’re eating BBQ shrimp or crawfish), but given that Mark set the example for me, I ‘dressed up’ for this photo.

Just to prove that my Laurie was actually there for dinner…and that she sat down to eat with the rest of us, ‘Lew’s Laurie’ took another picture including my better half in the photo.

This was one heck of a group!  Everyone enjoyed traveling, exploring the area, trying new restaurants, looking for new experiences and could address current political issues without losing it, etc.  It was a very convivial group and a great evening!

Now, I know that you could see the entrée on the table in the full views of the table and our guests, but I wanted to provide a close up just to show you how beautiful our Smoked/Slow Cooked/Barbequed Ribs were… Three racks of ribs, courtesy of our friend Larry, aka. Big Dude… Laurie warmed them up in the oven.  Then I slathered them with a coating of ‘Famous Dave’s Rich and Sassy BBQ Sauce’ and slapped them on the grill for a couple of minutes per side to give them a little crust or chew.  (For Big Dude’s Blogsite, go to

My apologies to Lew, Laurie, Mark and Sue… I neglected to take photos of the salads…or anything else for that matter.  Every side dish or food item that our guests brought with them for dinner was very delicious and complemented the main course.  We also served Baked Beans infused with Benton’s prosciutto…  The prosciutto provides that extra something that makes the beans pop!

You may have noticed our favorite BBQ sauce on the table… I have a mixed case of ‘Gates BBQ Sauce’ shipped to us once each year from Kansas City…6 bottles of Hot BBQ sauce and 6 of the Original.  Note: The Hot is Hot and it’s my personal favorite.  Check it out at  I also enjoy ‘Famous Dave’s Devil’s Spit BBQ Sauce’.  It’s hot but it’s sweeter than Gates Hot BBQ Sauce.  There are many Famous Dave’s Restaurants around the country, but you can buy the sauce and other products on line as well.  Check out Famous Dave’s at    

Thanks for visiting…

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. I'm sure glad the ribs were a hit and flattered you serve them to first time dinner company.

  2. Dear Dave, A great idea. Everyone chips in with the dinner and you meet and greet new people. I think the ribs looked delicious. Thank you for your visits to my blog and for leaving nice comments. I look forward. Blessings to you and Laurie, Catherine xo

  3. I remember when I was a kid, supper clubs were a big deal with my parents and I thinks it's a fantastic idea to revive. I especially like they way ya'll have it organized by switching up couples to broaden your horizons.