A Fifty Year Love Story
by Daniel Murphy
November 1, 2016
A business friend I have known for forty years called last Friday. He asked me if I was still catering and if so, could I do a dinner party for 2. I asked what he had in mind and he told me he wanted to have a dinner at his home for two. He had missed his fiftieth wedding anniversary on July 28th due to being in the hospital with pneumonia and fighting stage 4 lung cancer for the last four years.
He wanted to give his wife a dinner party to celebrate their fifty years together. I said I would be right over. Chuck met me at the door wearing oxygen attached to a forty foot hose. He still had the same feisty demeanor and we talk about what he had gone through during the past 4 years. “This really sucks but you know that you did a bit with cancer in 2004,” all I could do was nod.
“Here is what I want. I want a three hour dinner. At 7PM, I want two great shrimp cocktails. At 8PM, I want a 12 oz Filet with a baked potato and a 2 lb lobster for my wife with a sweet potato. At 9PM, I want two great desserts and a glass of B & B.” I said no problem and I would deliver each course at exactly those times. He said great cause I don’t think I’m going to make it to the fiftieth first one.
Starting on it right away I called Doug at Lusty Lobster and told him I needed the best 2 lb lobster he could get me. When I told him what it was for…he said “No problem this one is on me” I love that man. Working with my new executive chef, Vincent, we found some really great large shrimp and he is cutting a 12 oz center cut filet as I write this. The lobster will be taken apart and plated open shelled. Chuck’s wife is only 90 lbs and breaking the shell would be tough for anyone.
I will be leaving here at 6:45 to deliver a love filled dinner for man that wants to make sure his wife has their fiftieth anniversary dinner. I will leave each hour after that with the next course until dessert. For me this will be the most important dinner I have ever catered.