Sunday, December 20, 2009


Like gold medal boudin noir? How about prunes soaked overnight in cognac? Or a terrine of apples and pig tongue set in a warm bath and cooked in a gentle oven? No? Well, how about cookies? Lots and lots of cookies...

7:30 PM, Sun. Dec 20
Featuring Robert Kaplow.

NPR alum Robert Kaplow’s novel Me and Orson Welles, a beautifully rendered and hilarious valentine to the burly thespian, was recently turned into a movie by indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (Dazed & Confused). Set in 1937 New York, Kaplow's novel tells of a teenager hired to star in Welles' production of Julius Caesar. Opening wide in a week, the film stars Zac Efron, Claire Danes, and Christian Mckay as Welles. The New York Times described McKay's performance as one of "seductive power and full bore charm," Roger Ebert called the picture, "one of the best movies about theater I've ever seen," and the New Yorker's David Denby just included it in his "Top Ten Films of the Year." The most recent review, from The San Francisco Chronicle, said: "Christian McKay, as Orson Welles in Me and Orson Welles, gives what I believe is the most exact and uncanny screen portrayal of a historical figure, EVER." (the buzz is that McKay will snag an Oscar nom). Naturally, Kaplow will read and sign, but he'll also narrate a slide show of unseen production/opening night photographs and field questions about the book and film. Find out how a cantankerous bouncer at a local New Brunswick band bar discovered the unagented actor playing Welles (seriously) and what exactly the "O" stands for in Robert O. Kaplow. The film's period music has also received a lot of praise and Kaplow promises to burn a CD of swing hits from the film to soundtrack our party. Books on sale at event. Signed books make great holiday gifts! To read the Times review of the film, click HERE.

Expect a variety of spiked nogs, puissant punches, and a withering concoction called Yukon Cornelius, along with a range of baked, roasted and boiled dishes (capon anyone?), marinated tench, and an edible lifelike scene sculpted in colored marzipan. Plus Cream Wafers, Date Drops, Honey-Filled Biscuits, Cinnamon Stars, Zucker Hutchen, Fattigmands Bakkels, Drumkake, and Buttery Nut Rounds. FREE!