For the past, I can't remember how many years, at least 10, there has been a standing dinner date every Friday night among our group of friends. Some weeks it is extremely large, some weeks it is much more intimate. Over the years this group has evolved and sadly devolved, with good friends moving away. This week we had the pleasure of dining with visiting friends, ones who have moved very far away.
There is never pressure to attend dinner, but, when you do make it, you are guaranteed to be welcomed with open arms and entertaining conversation.