Tomato Aspic: Party like it's 1929
There are a lot of themes and motifs in the film Dinner at Eight (1933, directed by George Cukor). With a huge cast of Hollywood notables, and taken from a hit stage play, Dinner at Eight is a microcosmic look at everything that was going wrong in the United States during the depression -- and even a few things that were going right.
Amid the turmoil of financial collapse and ruined careers, the possibility of a failed tomato aspic becomes the focus for one unaware hostess (played with gusto by Billie Burke). There is much talk of whether a dinner party can even survive without a proper tomato aspic. And the aspic (and its potential failure) become another interesting metaphor in the film.
Showtime is 5:30p on Tuesday, 8/16 in the Fresh City Lounge. Bring some knitting or handwork, if you like, or just a curiosity for tomato aspic, which will be provided for our amusement and nibbling. After all, It wouldn't be a party without a tomato aspic.
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