Note to Kitchen Staff

Duke Luca Abele


Kitchen staff,See to it there's more caviar! Last night it was gone in an hour. Also, a guest complained that the usual accompaniments were arranged sloppily, and that there were too few of those little round crackers to accommodate the crowd.

Tonight I expect even more guests than at yesterday's gathering. We celebrate all this month in honor of Delilah. And so we must have good wine, and plenty of it. I woke up this morning with a sick head, because you served such a poor vintage, from that backwater valley east of Saggunto. Good wine never gives me headache, no matter how much I drink!

Another thing - tonight we must have those tiny shrimp rolls in oil, and some good cheese from the northern Isles. And no more pestering me about cost or shipping delays. I find the discussion disagreeable.

- Duke Abele