“Omnibiblious” / History Book Absconders — November 11 – 12, 2022

ULC Logbook, Friday, November 11, 2022:

We started with 102 covers (the total does not include the Ballroom parties at lunch and dinner). Three parties cancelled, for a total loss of 7 covers. Tonight’s forecast for, “PM rain,” turned out to be chillingly accurate – literally. We were joined by the following walk-in parties: 1 at 5PM (dinner in the Clubroom); 2 at 5:40PM; 2 at 6:30PM (dinner at the bar); 2 at 6:50PM. We finished with 113 guests (the total does not include the Ballroom parties at lunch and dinner).

For BA’s, we were joined by: Boian W (party of 6, tbl. 3); Heesun K (party of 5, tbl. 17); Richard Q (party of 6, tbl. 5); Pericles L (solo, tbl. 27); Justin Z and John G (party of 2, tbl. 21); Paul N (party of 6, tbl. 13); Briana B, friend of Pablo M. (party of 2, tbl. 26); Jonathan J (party of 5, tbl. 16); MaryEllen H (party of 2, tbl. 4); Andy and Sean M (party of 4, tbl. 28); Stephen T, coiner of the word, “omnibiblious,” (party of 2, tbl. 27); Otto C (party of 4, tbl. 3); Alex T (party of 3, tbl. 1).

For lunch, in the Ballroom, we were joined by 20 guests from the Society of Cincinnati for the State of Connecticut, hosted by Richard P.

For dinner, in the Ballroom, we were joined by approx. 75 guests from Yale Architecture, hosted by Dean R D.

Bradley S (party of 2, tbl. 14, served by JK) commented: “It was FANTASTIC!”

Richard Q (party of 6, tbl. 5, served by N) sends thanks to Chef G for the seared foie gras, and sends thanks to Chef T for the, “AMAZING,” Gâteau St. Honoré. Mr. Q said that they always have a great dining experience when they join us, and that tonight, “Was really special, please thank the team for going above and beyond.” Bravo to N, Chef T., Chef G., Chef W., Chef J., RT, CF, JK, and the entire team!

Saturday: Blue skies; high of 72F.

ULC Logbook, Saturday, November 12, 2022:

We started with 183 covers. Five parties cancelled, for a total loss of 15 covers. We were joined by the following walk-in parties: 2 at 5PM; 4 at 5:10PM (drinks only, at the bar); 2 at 6:10PM (drinks only, at the bar); 2 at 6:15PM (drinks only, at the bar); 2 at 6:50PM (dinner at the bar); 1 at 7:10PM (takeout ordered in person); 2 at 8:20PM (drinks only, at the bar); 1 at 8:25PM (drinks only, at the bar); 2 at 8:30PM (drinks only, at the bar); 3 at 9:30PM (desserts only). We finished with 199 guests.

We had one order for takeout, for Mr. V, ordered in person at the bar.

For BA’s, we were joined by: Ed L (party of 2, tbl. 1); Mark S (party of 2, tbl. 10); Austin B (party of 5, tbl. 5); Wendy C (party of 6, tbl. 16); Nikita G (party of 5, tbl. 3); Annie L (party of 5, tbl. 117); Natalie D-R (party of 2, tbl. 2); Yoona K (party of 3, tbl. 28); the B’s, formerly of New Haven, now of the green mountains of northern Vermont (party of 2, tbl. 25); Otto C (party of 5, tbl. 112); Anders O (party of 11, tbl. 108); Virginia E (party of 8, tbl. 30); Elisabeth M (party of 5, tbl. 111); Laura U, family of D (party of 2, tbl. 14).

In the Clubroom, 11 members of Yale’s acapella group, the Whiffenpoofs, hosted by William J, joined us for dinner with a RALC menu.

Ed L had left us a note ahead of his reservation: “ I am handicapped but often use just a cane. I can do a few stairs but if at all possible like to be seated in a convenient location where I do not have to do stairs or walk too far from the reception. Thank you. I do however LOVE to be seated in the best areas and not shoved off to the sidelines because I am handicapped. If by chance I will be in a wheel chair I will let you know at time of reservation and specify an area that might be more roomy. But again, most times when dining out, it is just easier to use a cane. Thanks again. If I’ve made a reservation you are probably in my top 20 places that I feel comfortable at and consistent return to! Congrats. That usually means the food and service and atmosphere are to my liking and I often give positive press to you on all my social media accounts.”

We seated the L’s, as a party of 2, at table 1, served by R. Shortly after they arrived, Mr. L pointed out that our fireplace in the MDR has two flumes to accommodate the stained glass window depicting the Thimble Islands that is centered above it (where a single flume traditionally would be located). This conversation prompted my sharing of the history book with the L’s. Remarkably, at the end of their dinner tonight, the L’s apprehended another guest who attempted to take the history book home. Mr. L gave thanks to the entire team for a fantastic dining experience tonight, and said that he had been prepared to throw his cane to stop the potential history book absconder.

Mr. L recommends checking out the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, in Norwalk, which has the only similar fireplace set-up they have seen. Jean-Michel Gammariello once said to a guest (in front of me) that Mark Twain requested the same fireplace design, because he was inspired by snow falling on the outside of the window, at the same time as a roaring fire is happening inside. Bravo to R, RT, CF, Chef G., Chef J., Chef W., Chef T., the L’s, and the whole squad!

Sunday colder weather arrives: have a great weekend!

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