inspired by “Rules of Civility: A Novel” by Amor Towles (www.amortowles.com/rules-civility-amor-towles/)
I ordered a glass of white wine, asparagus gratin and for the entrée, the specialty of the house: poussin stuffed with black truffle. […] The asparagus arrived with a touch of fanfare, presented tableside in a small copper pan. The individual spears were arranged in perfect order-each identical in length, no two overlapping. On top had been delicately scattered a mixture of buttered bread crumbs and fontina cheese which had been broiled to a crunchy, bubbling brown. The captain served the aparagus with a silver fork and spoon. Then he grated a touch of lemon peel over the plate.
– Amor Towles, Rules of Civility: A Novel, chapter eleven