Ocean’s Eleven Dinner Party


In the original caper movie, starring Frank Sinatra, and the remake, starring George Clooney, Danny Ocean puts together a crackerjack team of ten other thieves to undertake the biggest heist ever along the Las Vegas Strip.

That team, Ocean’s Eleven, lifted the loot right off the green felt at three of the town’s biggest casinos.

Recently, Stephanie and Mark, two of The Palladian Traveler’s Good Chefs, put together a mouth-watering, multi-course, holiday-birthday dinner and invited over nine of their best friends to “rob them blind,” I mean, partake of their culinary acumen.

Both the movie(s) and the dinner party involved eleven “stars” around the blackjack/dinner table.

Unlike the original 1960 feature, where all the loot goes up in smoke inside the coffin during cremation, Stephanie and Mark’s version of the “heist” went off without a hitch and nothing was burnt, unless the recipe called for it.

Word on the street has it all the plates were wiped clean.

Here’s how Stephanie and Mark’s “Ocean’s Eleven” holiday-birthday dinner caper went down…


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Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Oh my! I feel bad that my invitation got lost in the mail. Beautiful images that have me salivating. Guess I’ll wipe the drool off my chin and go fix my simple lunch. 🙂


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