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The Remains Of the Day
New York Times, The (NY) - Wednesday, November 25, 2009 Author/Byline: JANE SIGAL Edition: Late Edition - Final Section: Dining In, Dining Out / Style Desk Page: 1 Page Column: 0 Page Subsection: D Abstract: Sue Maden's post- Thanksgiving party is highly prized invitation in Jamestown, RI; she began what has become annual tradition after she was widowed in 1999 and wanted to thank friends for their kindness while she was grieving; recipes; photos (M) SUE MADEN was peeling and slicing apples for the double-crusted pie she planned to take as her contribution to dinner at a friend's house, but a worry was nagging her. "Do I have to confess that I bought the pie crusts already made and rolled up?" she asked. Ms. Maden is just not that interested in cooking, she admitted. Yet she hosts an annual dinner party that is one of the most sought-after invitations in Jamestown, R.I., a small island town (around 5,000 people and one traffic light) in Narragansett Bay. For the last 10 years, she has held a Thanksgiving leftovers potluck on the Saturday after the holiday. Blair Boyer, an equity portfolio manager in New York who summered in Jamestown as a boy in the '60s and now has his own house there, is one of the aspirants this year. "I'm hoping Sue invites us, that we make the cut," Mr. Boyer said. "I hope it's not so crowded we can't go." Mr. Boyer thought he might add "a new viticultural element" to the gathering. He ticked off the possibilities: "A Moulin-a-Vent. Goes with candied yam. Maybe a Gevrey-Chambertin. CrozesHermitage or Gigondas." Ms. Maden joked that what Mr. Boyer really needed to do was invite her to his house for dinner . The "Save the Best for Last" party has taken place every November since 1999, the year after Ms. Maden's husband, Phil, died. He was the cook in their house, she explained. Suddenly, she found herself racking up debts to the many friends who had her over for dinner . It was a social quandary many singles face: How...
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