Streat Beat - Who Would You Invite To Dinner?

The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means it’s time once again to shop not only for the perfect gift but for the perfect meal as well.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Americans collectively spent more than $2.3 billion on their Thanksgiving meals alone last  year. It seems safe to say that to most of us, that’s money well spent. Enjoying a home-cooked feast as we talk and bond with our loved ones is,  undoubtedly, where some of our favorite holiday memories are made.

But if you were given the chance to save a seat at the table for one dream guest this holiday season, who would you invite? Living in Media posed this  question to our neighbors around the county during early autumn. Even though the balmy days didn’t exactly exude the holiday spirit, most of our  responders seemed like they already had a dream guest in mind. Many of their answers came quickly, and included their favorite entertainers, athletes,  and politicians. While some would like to hear more about their special guest’s journey through life or opinions on various current affairs, one responder took a more practical approach: she’d like to invite a famous chef over to help lighten the load of preparing a holiday dinner.

Although hosting a famous celebrity or public official for dinner might be one holiday wish that won’t come true, we can certainly, and thankfully, count on  our friends and family to gather around the table and make some joyous memories. From all of us at Living in Media: happy holidays.

Benjamin Franklin. He was one of the Founding Fathers, and I’d like to hear his take on our country now. Plus, he wanted the turkey to be the national bird, so I wonder what he would think about Thanksgiving.
Victoria W.
Bradley Beach

Donald Trump. With everything going on now with him politically, I can’t think of anyone more entertaining to talk to during dinner.
Ryan G.
Spring Lake

I’d like to have Pope Francis at the table. Who better to say grace with before eating the largest meal of the year than him?
It would truly be a blessing.
Elizabeth T.

As long as I have my family at the table, I’m happy. But if I had to pick one person, it would probably be President Obama, so I could hear his opinion on how he thinks the country is as he’s about to leave office.
Bill R.

My favorite musician of all-time: David Bowie. I’d like to ask him where he got all his inspiration from and how he evolved during his career.
Matt F.
Matt Harvey. My whole family is full of Mets fans and they’d love to have the chance to talk to him. He seems like a funny guy, too.
Joe S.
Colts Neck

Matt Damon. He’s such a good actor and has been involved with various charities throughout his career. He’s the type of guy that could set a positive example for your kids and they could learn from.
Tori N.

Eli Manning. I’ve been a Giants fan all my life. He appears to be just a regular guy who has had a Hall of Fame football career. I’m sure we’d have no problem talking.
Peter A.
Matthew McConaughey. He’s one of my favorite actors, and he came up through the ranks. He’s earned all of his success and I’d enjoy hearing the story of his career.
Sam A.

Michael Jordan. No matter what anyone says, he was the all-time best basketball player. I’d love to talk to him about what he thinks of the current NBA superstars, and how they measure up to  him.
Steve L.

Stephen King. He sure has written some off-color stuff, but he’s still a fabulous storyteller. I wonder if his regular conversations are as outthere as his story ideas.
Edward H.

Michael J. Fox. He was one of my favorite actors when I was younger. He’s such an inspiration, with the way he has been able to live with a terrible disease and still be a positive person in the world.
Adrian H.
Colts Neck


Steve Buscemi. He’s had such a great career in TV and film. He’s a somewhat local guy. I’m sure we could talk about some of the same places we’ve both been at and share some stories.
Mark N.
Tinton Falls

Former President Jimmy Carter. There aren’t too many people left that have his political and philanthropic accomplishments. He just seems like, even at his age, he’d be an amazing and  insightful man to talk to.
Greg W.

Madonna. She’s always been polarizing but I think she’s a terrific entertainer and singer. She was one of my favorites when I was younger. I always dreamed of meeting her.
Kelly Y.

Frank Sinatra. No one sang a tune better than him. Music is much different now. I’d like to have him over to sing holiday carols.
Kevin R.
Long Branch

Santa Claus. I see him every year at the mall, but this way I could tell him what I’d like for Christmas a lot sooner. My grandmother. I miss the days when she was still with us for holiday meals. No  one was as quick with a joke as she was. Her personality was unmatched.
Matt & Lauren B.

Al Pacino. He’s one of the greatest actors of the last few generations. It would be something else to have someone who played that many iconic roles over for holiday dinner.
Frank G.

Taylor Swift. She’s been a huge hit for years now. I admire how mature she. I want to ask her how she does it because you don’t see that in a lot of singers that young with a good head on their  shoulders.
Shannon F.

I’d ask Governor Christie to come over. He must be having an interesting year on the road for his campaign. I want to hear his thoughts on what he would do as president.
Steve K.
West Long Branch

J.R.R. Tolkien. The Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite series of books. Does he think the movies did a good enough job portraying the world he created? I’d want to know.
John G.

Jon Stewart. Not only is he hilarious but he’s really sharp. He’d be the perfect guest to make peanut gallery comments and have good conversation
Scott T.
Maybe someone like Rachel Ray or Emeril Lagasse. I’ll take all the help I can get when it comes to preparing a holiday dinner.
Susan J.
Red Bank

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17 Nov 2015

By Paul Williams