Soup To Nuts
Actually, the term 'soup to nuts' is a metaphorical phrase that refers
to the completeness of a meal. Suspected to have been first referenced
in early Roman times when feasts could last all day, or even several days,
soup would be the first course and by the end of the feast, when guests
were stuffed to capacity, nuts would make a light but flavorful ending
to the meal. Today, soup to nuts simply means a very complete, very excellent
dinner party or other engagement involving food.
A soup to nuts reception for example, would refer to a reception that
included a starter course of soup, a salad, main course, and dessert.
Much like an after-dinner mint, nuts simply make a palatable finish to
a meal - especially following a dessert.
The soup to nuts phrase would be a reference a caterer or chef would
understand when planning an engagement, but you don't need a caterer to
host your own soup to nuts event. The next time you decide to throw a
dinner party, have some fun and create an invitation that reflects this
old adage. Your "soup to nuts dinner party" could very well be the event
of the season.
Plan your dinner menu to include an actual soup starter. Nothing says "let's
eat" better than the smell of steaming hot soup. Choose your favorite
soup and plan the rest of the meal around it. You could make a simple
tomato soup to start off or any combination of soup, stew, or chowder.
Coordinate your main dish with the soup you will be serving and choose
a dessert, such as chocolate or pie that will beg for just a handful of
nuts after digesting. To have even more fun, create a theme such as a
roman feast with a suitable dinner menu and request guests come dressed
appropriately. Complete your meal with wine or flavored coffee that will
allow after-dinner conversation to flow. Your soup to nuts event may inspire
guests to reciprocate and thus begin a fun tradition between friends.