The Buffalo Wine and Dine Dinner Club
Not surprisingly, many of our friends are amateur gourmands, recreational sommeliers and Emeril wannabes. We would often go out to eat with these friends, stealing bits of food off someone else’s plate. I still show the scars from the forks of those who objected.
In 2001, this evolved into a a dinner club of four couples that venture out every other month to a different restaurant. Our goal is to try different cuisines and eat family style so that we could taste everything on the table. We accept that our mission requires us to ignore the usual standards of etiquette and curious stares from other diners. (In truth, I think the lifted eyebrows were often caused by the parade of wine bottles that end up at our table.) We call ourselves the Buffalo Wine and Dine Dinner Group.
As part of our goal of sharing at the table and free opinion, I will sometimes include The Buffaloes in the reviews and adventures of Anything Goes Gourmet.
Why are you called Buffaloes?
“Well, you see, it’s like this. . . a herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted,
it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole,
because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the killing off the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know,
excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way,
regular consumption of wine eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster, more efficient machine.
And that is why you always feel smarter after many glasses of wine.”
As told by Cliff Clavin to Norm Peterson on Cheers (except Cliff and Norm drank beer. Maybe we’ll feature a beer review one day, too.)