A "ruined table," coined by the late Christopher Hitchens, is the scene after a dinner party: dirty plates, empty wine bottles and toppled tumblers litter every surface. Everyone just hangs around, oblivious to the mess, talking, laughing, debating and connecting in meaningful ways. A ruined table embodies the idea of living in the present. It existed among our parents’ and our grandparents’ generation, and it still exists today, but it’s endangered. Let's save it from extinction.
We don't throw enough dinner parties these days, and Ruined Table is here to change that. Its mission is to revamp the lost art of entertaining at home by giving sneak peeks into real dinner parties with real people, where the most important thing on the menu is having fun. It's about creating connection in a world where real, in-person contact has become a disappearing commodity. It's about empowering everyone to get off-line, TAKE BACK their social lives and start having face-to-face conversations with tasty food as the common denominator.
Besides sneak peeks inside real dinner parties, Ruined Table provides recipes, playlists, random musings and plenty of other inspiration along the way. The recipes you'll find here will run the gamut from easy to difficult, healthy to binge-worthy and inexpensive to extravagant and it will take inspiration from all parts of the country and various parts of the world, because that’s what it means to be eating in America today. But beyond that, Ruined Table will teach you how to regain your autonomy and curate nights however you like—with your own style, menus, decorations, music, guest lists and more, pushing the pressure of perfection to the wayside as dinner guests let the good times roll.
You see, entertaining is truly about the journey, not the destination. It’s about creating bespoke experiences at home, or in a place that feels like home. It’s about the time spent with friends in the kitchen, cooking and laughing together and connecting through food. This concept isn’t meant to be scary or intimidating. It’s meant to give you the tools you need to spark a new dining revolution in your home. The next great restaurant is your home kitchen, so get on it already – you have a perfectly good table just begging to be ruined!