progressive dinner is served!

ok, here we go! the long awaited progressive dinner blog carnival!appetizer, image by

what’s a progressive dinner? you start out at one house or restaurant to have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, then move on to a different one for appetizers, and continue moving from place to place all the way through dessert. our good man kilroy figured we might as well do something like this with a blog carnival. today, ladies and gentleman, we are serving six “courses” of delicious blog posts from all around the world, each with a different host.

six hosts, six different ways of presentation.

here at this table, we have three attractions – yes, bloggers and bloggerettes, gentlies and ladies’ men, count ’em: 3 – and they are:

  1. the blog posts themselves, of course, gathered from the blogosphere far and wide – and believe me: this is a carnival! everything from politics to weight loss to poetry to money management, it’s all here, that and more!
  2. each post is coupled with a quote about food. the coupling, my friends, is entirely random, just like in the carnival, you never know who’s going to sit beside you in the food tent.
  3. … and … this evening, at 6pm pacific standard time until 8pm, we will have a dinner conversation here in the comment area! come one, come all, we’ll talk about everything under the sun, we’ll laugh and maybe shed a tear and laugh some more and enjoy each others’ company.

you will see each entry starting with the name of the blog, followed by the title of the article, and then paired (kind of like wine pairings) with a quote.

here, then, is our most delicious spread. have your fill!

one for your success: for your success supports stopping the war in iraq

what garlic is to food, insanity is to art. (augustus saint-gaudens)

your dose of lunacy: ‘your shivering is our way of saying “we care” ‘

food is an important part of a balanced diet. (fran lebowitz quotes)

nancy zimmermann, the canadian money coach:can i spare some change

americans have more food to eat than any other people and more diets to keep them from eating it

myopic broadcast: glamorous

beer is good food

flooring the consumer: 20 year relationships

my body is a temple where junk food goes to worship

jobmob: the daniel scocco approach to setting job search goals

the political and commercial morals of the united states are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet (mark twain)

kilroy’s the gonzo papers: when splatters matter

news is like food: it is the cooking and serving that makes it acceptable, not the material itself (rose mccaulay)

things i’ve found in the blogosphere: stop the war in iraq!

any healthy man can go without food for two days, but not without poetry (charles baudelaire)

inspirationbit: dos and don’ts: colour

i have noticed that what cats most appreciate in a human being is not the ability to produce food, which they take for granted – but his or her entertainment value (geoffrey household)

riehl life: village wisdom for the 21st century: 13 longevity and healthy living secrets gleaned from my-92-year-old-pop erwin a. thompson

good talk saves the food

the lives and times: a belated two year blogiversary

dinner at the huntercombes possessed only two dramatic features: the wine was a farce and the food a tragedy (anthony powell)

urban monk: the life that has gone on before: the perils of compassion, part 2

looks are so deceptive that people should be done up like food packages with the ingredients clearly labeled (helen hudson)

are you eating with your anorexic?: adults with eating disorders

the murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums (peter de vries, american comic visionary, editor, novelist, satirist and linguist)

all tips and tricks: online, offline, what difference does it make for the bear?

mosquitoes remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think (tom wilson)

ali gator: news of the weird: qur’anic ringtones

ever since eve started it all by offering adam the apple, woman’s punishment has been to supply a man with food then suffer the consequences when it disagrees with him (helen rowland, english-american writer)

tales of ladies, goddesses and bitches: my thoughts exactly

i am not a glutton – i am an explorer of food (erma bombeck)’s total mind and body fitness: average men – how do you measure up?

a cabin with plenty of food is better than a hungry castle (irish sayings)

religion, politics and the great pumpkin: “immigants! i knew it was them! even when it was the bears, i knew it was them.”

god gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests (danish proverb) 5 tips for speeding up your pc

facts are to the mind what food is to the body (edmund burke, british statesman and philosopher)

telling it like it is: how to teach your children about money and money management

part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside (mark twain)

my simple trading system: stock market 2008 – third worst opening day

he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food (raymond chandler, american writer)

the agonist: american parallels

the lion is most handsome when looking for food (jalal ad-din rumi, persian poet and mystic)

hyperhydrosis: hyperhydrosis: what is it?

the disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill. (bryan miller)

weight loss dude: five gifts for those losing weight

there is no question that rumanian-jewish food is heavy. one meal is equal in heaviness, i would guess, to eight or nine years of steady mung-bean eating. (calvin trillin, american writer)

the sporadical: birdbeast in flight

a nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year.

diary of a second life courtesan: communication rules: the trouble with text or what i have learned the hard way

justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food. (elias canetti, bulgarian playwright and novelist)

poetic leanings: poem: silence

maybe a person’s time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food (frank a. clark)

enhance life: if you want to be understood….

it was not so very long ago that people thought that semiconductors were part-time orchestra leaders and microchips were very, very small snack foods. (geraldine a. ferraro)

undercover black man: remember kennedy? (wish you didn’t?)

it is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless. (john kenneth galbraith)

dr. martin russell: reverse your but

when poets write about food it is usually celebratory. food as the thing-in-itself, but also the thoughtful preparation of meals, the serving of meals, meals communally shared: a sense of the sacred in the profane. (joyce carol oates)

the ominous comma: writing prompts for the not-so-prompt

food is our common ground, a universal experience. (james beard)

balanced success: become a pioneer

a food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it. (katherine whitehorn)

the simple nickle: what does it mean to be financially secure?

i believe that if ever i had to practice cannibalism, i might manage if there were enough tarragon around. (james beard)

paradigm shifted: just cause you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town

i’m at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. in fact, i’ve just had a mirror put over my kitchen table. (rodney dangerfield, american comedian)

this wasted monologue: mike huckabee monologue

when i gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. when i asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist. (dom helder camara)

a voice crying in the wilderness: how convenient

god comes to the hungry in the form of food. (mahatma gandhi)

blog-blond: memed again!

i hate a man who swallows his food, affecting not to know what he is eating. i suspect his taste in higher matters. (charles lamb)

discover. inspiring. media. : pushing the limits of creativity for personal development and business innovation

to be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility. (eric hoffer)

the digerati life: the brand new world of peer to peer lending

if more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. (j. r. r. tolkien)

jon swift: journalism 101

the trouble with eating italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. (george miller)


so, my friends, what do you think? ready to move on to the first course at fallen words

and if you liked this carnival idea, here are a few more:

  • you’re invited to the originator of this idea, kilroy at the gonzo papers on february 15th, for the gonzo gratitude! carnival
  • JM is hosting the scribes carnival, on february 4th, at fiction scribe
  • anthony is hosting the surfer’s paradise hullabaloo! carnival at the lives and times… on february 18th
  • anja has two carnivals coming up at anja merret – chatting to my generation: the observations of life carnival on february 17th and on february 23rd, the personal power carnival
  • here at change therapy, i am hosting two carnivals in february. the buddhist carnival runs february 15th and the carnival of eating disorders runs february 28th. at alphablogs, i’m running canada 9-5, a showcase for canadian business blogs, on february 28th.

41 thoughts on “progressive dinner is served!

  1. Kilroy_60

    My comment, typically, is…What do you have on your dessert tray?, immediately after placing an order for the “traditional meal”. Then, “Yes, I’ll have that now”.

    Great job on your portion of the carnival! Outstanding collection of posts…and I love the quotes.

    So pleased, also, to be the first one here for a bit of conversation. I hope a whole lot of blogospherians {a Kilroy_60 original} will join in.

    …perhaps you can help me replace the term bloggers with blogospherians?

    My question for the guests, if you had the opportunity to live in a colony on the moon, for one year, would you like to do it?

    Finally, the next progressive dinner is 30 April; you can enter now.

    Kilroy_60’s last blog post..Welcome to the hors d’oeuvres & cocktails course of SOUP TO NUTS – the blogosphere’s only progressive dinner blog carnival

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  3. isabella mori

    well, everyone, come on in, come on in!

    i still have my curlers in and am just about done starching my blouse. excuse the apron!


    i’ll be there shortly before 6, in two hours. actually, i’ll be doing this from our monthly bloggers meetup and pray to high heaven that the internet connection at the cafe where we’re having the meeting won’t let me down!

  4. Janet Riehl

    Like all great dinner parties, there’s danger of eyes-bigger-than-stomach here. What a great set of posts. I’m honored to have mine included among therm. It’s going to take awhile to taste all the food and talk to all the guests!

    Janet Riehl

  5. isabella mori

    that’s right, janet. i was thinking about that, particularly in connection with the fact that tomorrow i’ll host the carnival of eating disorders.

    there is definitely the question, what’s too much? or, how do you make sensible choices among all the goodies laid out in front of us – both with food and with information …

  6. isabella mori

    kilroy, i JUST found your comment! wow, you show up early – 5:30 in the morning! sorry this comment got eaten by akismet, i just rescued it from its jaws.

    so … replace “bloggers” with “blogospherians”? as in “rastafarians”? hmmm …. what does everyone else think?

  7. Anthony

    Job well done, on the carnival, Isabella!

    As a netizen is, by definition, a person actively involved in online communities, I think blogospherian works well for residents of the blogosphere.

    Saying, I’m a blogger, though, will stick when I talk about maintain a web log.

    As for living on the moon for a year, if I was able – which physically I’m not – all I can say is…When do we blast off?!

    Hope to see you at next months Surfer’s Paradise Hullabaloo! Carnival. In the meantime, I’d like to figure out how I can carnival here again.

    Anthony’s last blog post..WELCOME to the Soup to Nuts Progressive Dinner Blog Carnival – DRINKS AFTER DINNER RECEPTION

  8. isabella mori

    anthony, you make a good point. a blogger is someone who blogs; a blogospherian inhabits the blogosphere.

    and i guess the blogosphere is a “country” in the net ๐Ÿ™‚

    and would i live on the moon? probably. i’m a bit of a science fiction aficionado so of course i’d like to see if all these scifi authors were right … ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. isabella mori

    oh geez. how … strange. reading this while we’re here, having a party, both virtually and in real time. and there is this girl, all alone in the cold. thank you for helping her.

    how does it go? “what you have done for the lowest of my brethren … “?

  10. Nancy

    ying & yang, I suppose. Parties are good (virtual or otherwise) and so is being inside and making a warm supper.

    Greet the bloggers for me! Is “urbanista” there? netchick? JohnB? David?

    btw, I love the progressive dinner. Found sites I would never find otherwise, and would perhaps never read otherwise! and some, I’ve added to my bookmarks.

    Nancy’s last blog post..freebie (or nearly) Wed: best places on the ?net to find deals

  11. isabella mori

    @shamelle, welcome! glad you and nancy liked the posts. i, too, have found some very interesting sites this way.

    johnB and david are here. the others aren’t. it’s quite the zoo here. i think for the next meetup i’d like to do something at northern voice (are you coming?) and then after that soon something at my place. have it in a real living room at least once.

  12. Kilroy_60

    I thought I might be late, but wanted to pop my head in… great to see people hanging out for a bit of dinner chat.

    The progressive dinner, I think, has been a big hit. Only to be surpassed by the next one, eh.

    Come on along, you all. Get on board at the beginning, send in your entries, invite your friends and let’s have the biggest bash the blogosphere has ever seen at the end of April!!

    Thanks again, Isabella, for the job you did here. I’ll see you at the moon base…and who is going to join us?

    Kilroy_60’s last blog post..Welcome to the hors d’oeuvres & cocktails course of SOUP TO NUTS – the blogosphere’s only progressive dinner blog carnival

  13. isabella mori

    i’m still here! you know how it goes with these parties, there’s an official end time and then there’s what happens in reality ๐Ÿ™‚

    great to see you here, vivien from inspirationbit.

    and hello, simple nickle!

    putting together this virtual event was a lot of work but also tons of fun.

  14. isabella mori

    okay, people, drink up, and if you’ve had too much don’t forget to take a cab. thanks for coming! i’m still at the meetup but now we’re closing up. see you tomorrow!

  15. Raul

    Thanks for organizing Vancouver Blogger Meetup and Progressive Dinner! I am really honored to have met you and look forward to reading more of your stuff!

    All the diners tonight were amazing too… Kilroy60 was kind enough to leave a comment on my blog. Very much appreciated! I hope you liked the live blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

    All the best!

    Raul’s last blog post..Liveblogging Vancouver Blogger Meetup

  16. isabella mori

    thanks for dropping by, undercover black man! i certainly enjoyed having you here for the appetizers.

    am planning to have more of these conversations; hopefully you can participate in the next one!

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