The Endymion Dinner

Oh, don’t ask me why, near on twenty years ago, I decided to do a menu inspired by Endymion, a youth of Greek mythology who slept forever. Some versions say it was the granting of a boon from Zeus, Endymion wanting to sleep eternally in order to maintain his youth, other versions have it that the youngster attempted to bed Zeus’ wife, Hera, and the long nap was a punishment. The poem is from John Keats, with my name filling in for the original “Dion”.

Second Sunday Supper Circle The Endymion Dinner December 14, 1997

Second Sunday Supper Circle
The Endymion Dinner
December 14, 1997

Who, who from Dan’s feast would be away?
For all the golden bowers of the day
Are empty left?

Be careful, ere ye enter in, to fill
 Your baskets high
With fennel green, and balm, and golden pines,
Savory, latter-mint, and columbines,
Cool parsley, basil sweet, and sunny thyme;
Yea, every flower and leaf of every clime,
All gather’d in the dewy morning.”

Two liquid pulse streams ‘stead of feather’d wings,
Two fan-like fountains, -thine illuminings
 For Dan play:
Dissolve the frozen purity of air

Yellow Finn Potato Soup, Black Truffles & Savory
1979 Piper-Heidsieck Rare Champagne

Braised Fennel & Black Figs with Foie Gras & Lime-Caramel Sauce
1995 Selene Sauvignon Blanc

Salmon, Eggplant & Sweet Basil Lasagna
1993 Marc Rougeot-Dupin Mazis-Chambertin

Lamb Chops with Mint Creme Brulee
1976 Jasmin Côte-Rôtie

Chabichou di Poitou & Sage Derby Cheeses
1976 Château Pichon-Lalande

Moon Cakes
1988 Castello di Volpaia Vinsanto Val d’Arbia


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