It's beloved as comfort food, but this classic dish can hold its own at even the fanciest affairs.
When I moved to New York in the mid-1990s, there were so many hostesses and hosts who gave easy, elegant, fun lunches and dinners. They were well known for their parties, and though varied in their accomplishments and lives, they all seemed to understand the power of simple, chic, crowd-pleasing food: baked potatoes with caviar, crabmeat au gratin, gussied-up grits…even meatloaf.
The host most noted for serving meatloaf was legendary fashion designer Bill Blass. Truth be told, I didn't find his version nearly as delicious as it was famous, though he entertained so well that it couldn't have mattered less.
In the realm of memorable evenings, one of my standouts was a dinner around 1998 at grande dame Casey Ribicoff's Sutton Place apartment. There were 18 guests, and we were dressed to the nines - as was she, always! The waiters passed tiny blinis with a staggering amount ofRead More »from Billionaire's Meatloaf from Alex Hitz