Eight or nine months ago, two good friends of ours (mine, N.’s, our department’s) got married. Because they were in Canada at the time on a Fulbright scholarship, no one here in Oregon who adores them were able to share their celebration in person.
But they are back now, and I have conspired to throw them a belated reception in my backyard in a few weeks. We will be grilling, but I know there will be plenty of chopping, roasting, sauteing, and baking as well. I have plans, but I’d love to hear some input: if you were going to an upscale backyard BBQ, bringing your own grillables and perhaps a bottle of wine, what would you be bringing? What kinds of side dishes would you hope to eat? What items should not be missed when we assemble our menu?