Friday, February 20, 2009

Brunch, Lunch…Lupper?

By Millicent Brody

The invitation read: You are cordially invited to join us for “LUPPER”
on Saturday evening, February 14th, 2009. Of course, I thought, “This has to be a joke. Who invites anyone for LUPPER? And how long has this trend been in vogue...and more than that, when did it gain credence?

Not being a slouch when it comes to trends and ideas, I whipped out my dictionary--Nothing. Next, I headed for the computer and typed in “Lupper”. Lo and behold, Merriam-Webster calls it a noun, and describes “lupper” as “a meal between lunch and supper.”

Continuing with my online research, I found that the term arrived from “across the pond;” a review of the Citizen restaurant, located in E. Toronto, Ontario, speaks of a menu featuring lunch, dinner, and brunch. (The actual menu calls it “lupper”). While, in Lethbridge AB, Canada, another site mentioned, a person wrote, “Across the Atlantic, dinner is the second meal of the day. From what I understand, the folks down under are the same way. In Canada, we live right next to the Americans; however, constitutionally we are still under the British monarchy. As a result, our English is kind of halfway between British and American, so everybody gets confused when somebody mentions dinner. Breakfast, lunch, and supper are more commonly used around here. I would be inclined to refer to a mid-afternoon meal as “Lupper”.
When mentioning this phenomenon known as “Lupper” to a friend steeped in the world of social acumen, she referred to “Lupper” as “Lunner” or “Linner”.

To get back to my dinner invitation, I called the hostess to ask what she planned to serve at 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day?

“Oh,” she said, “We’re starting with passed hors d’oeuvres. We’re making stuffed mushrooms and bruschetta. We’ll have a cheese platter and assorted crudités. Next, we’re grilling burgers. You may have them with melted cheese, sauteed onions, lettuce and tomato, or simply plain. We’re piling baskets of fries on the table, and everyone can help themselves. Nothing fancy. For dessert, it’s the Millicent K. Brody special of Make Your Own Sundae. Four different flavors of ice cream, accompanied by hot fudge, fresh whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate jimmies. Nothing Fancy! Just a simple Lupper. Then everyone is welcome to leave about 7 or 7:30 p.m. They can return home, or head on out to a local movie.”

I’d like to believe I am really comfortable with this new trend-savvy terminology. I’m also thinking of the many restauranteurs I know, and wondering if they might consider adding “Lupper” to their lunch and dinner service. In this trying time of budget constraints, many who shy away from enjoying dinner in their favorite eatery might easily consider a lighter bite between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m. What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Loved this concept. In Florida we call it the Early Bird. Somehow lupper or linner or whatever sounds classier and like more fun

Carol Pearlman said...

Magnificent! I love this piece; you are so amazing.

What fun LUPPER, especially on a Saturday or Sunday is a fantastic idea.
What truly made me love the idea of it is the simplicity. Think about it, there was a bounty of food but it didn't really take long to put it together and get it out to hungry guests. Also think about all the people who now eat dinner very early. This silly little word makes eating between 3 and 5 (still a little
early for me) but I could work with the 5 - 6 number, guiltless!!!!!

Heaven forbid that I mention my kids but when they hear about eating before 8 it's like committing a major crime. For me I either like to go to an early movie (5 - 6 PM) and then have dinner after the movie but I could easily see the LUPPER time working its way into my heart, especially when the weather is nice and one can still have a lovely evening to do something else like walk off the dinner calories someplace where I could take some pictures. See how great it is to have an open mind.

Anonymous said...

I love the concept of an early last meal of the day so that the rest of the afternoon/evening is there to work off the calories and engage in something productive other than feel bloated before bedtime. Your own lupper filled my heart with fond memories of the past when I would indulge in all of your delicacies amid close family. I could taste your tuna now on a bagel; the fragrance of the noodle kugel is making my mouth water!! Why did you have to write in such detail!!! A great essay. Love, Phyllis