Supper of the Lamb

-Jen Wise

"A man can do worse than be poor. He can miss altogether the sight of the greatness of small things."

Just about a year ago I picked up a copy of Robert Farrar Capon’s Supper of the Lamb and proceeded to devour the pages with a half smirk, half look-of-awe plastered on my face. Food, theology, poetry, and cutting witticisms all rolled into one… It became an instant favorite. 

We recently joined with dear friends for a dinner party centered on Fr. Capon’s teachings. Scroll on for a peek into our ‘Long Session’ and inspiration from the book.

Special thanks to Jeff and Christina Price for hosting and planning a most exquisite, sacred evening. 

"The most splendid dinner, the most exquisite food, the most gratifying company, arouse more appetites than they satisfy."

"A good ferial cook, like a judo expert, always keeps her opponents off balance. She is all confidence and bold response. Her only real enemy is self doubt."

"The modern diet victim sees his life at the table not as a delightful alteration between pearls of great price and dishes of lesser cost, but as a grim sentence which condemns him to pay for every fattening repast with a meal of carrot sticks and celery. Not that there is anything wrong with raw vegetables, or with eating less if you want to–but to allow such considerations to become the rule of man’s eating is simply the death of dining."

"Let us fast, then–whenever we see fit, and as strenuously as we should. But having gotten that exercise out of the way let us eat. Festally, first of all, for life without occasions is not worth living. But ferially, too, for life is so much more than occasions, and its grand ordinariness must never go unsavored."

"One real thing is closer to God than all the diagrams in the world."

"We are given appetites, not to consume the world and forget it, but to taste its goodness and hunger to make it great."

"Between the dietmongers and the prepared-food hawkers, we are in danger of losing the greater part of our heritage."