With less than two weeks remaining until the start of this year's Bouchercon, the annual conference of mystery readers and authors from around the world, I am looking forward to one event in particular: the banquet arranged by members of The Wolfe Pack, the society of Wolfean readers, students and scholars. This year, the banquet will be held in one of San Francisco's beautiful townhouses, and the Friday night dinner will be based on what they call "the French banquet" celebrated in Rex Stout's "Too Many Cooks."
You can read all about it here, including the menu, which, frankly, sounds as if I'd better stop eating a couple of days before the banquet or find myself unable to finish it. It's not an exact duplicate of the original menu - in my copy of the book, you can find the description on page 37 - but it's probably close enough. Of course, in "Too Many Cooks," it's merely the prelude to a murder, but I foresee a much happier outcome to this event. If you're planning to be at Bouchercon, and if you enjoy the Nero Wolfe books, you might think about attending the banquet - the last I heard, there was still room at the table.