The Roanoker - November/December 2015 - 8
FROM THE EDITOR
The True Meaning of Dining Out?
It is of course the food first and foremost. But at least in those
dining rooms where you become a regular, it's far more.
I STILL REMEMBER KEENLY, back in 1995, getting up the
nerve to stand up in a completely full restaurant dining room,
clinking a knife against a water
glass to draw people's attention,
and then turning red in the face
as I asked the room to raise a glass
to the man who had operated the
restaurant for five years.
This was Walter Vanucci's last
A lost dining room Walter
Vanucci held forth for about five
years where Thelma's Chicken and
night of operation at Vanucci's, on the
Chicken & Waffles has operated
in recent years.
Gail and I were, obviously, regulars at Vanucci's, and the host
made us feel, on every visit, that
we were the most important customers he had.
"Here," he'd say to us midmeal, "try this new chardonnay
I'm thinking about getting." Oh,
OK, Walter, if we have to, yes,
we'll take that free glass of wine
as if we're experts, which we were