Entertaining Mistakes

It's your worst nightmare: intimate dinner or big splashy event, and something goes horribly wrong. The causes can be legion. The only known antidote: humor & quick thinking.

Pig on Fire! (Part 2)
Illustration: Barry Blitt

Pig on fire! (Part 2)

I shut the oven door and whispered to the owner, “If you could, announce a toast to your guests with really loud applause. Before you do that, please show me where the fire extinguisher is.” I directed my sous chef to run to the bedroom and pull a sheet off the bed and drench it with water.

What now? The host gave the toast, the guests began to clap, and we opened the oven, threw a sheet over the pig, and wrestled the pan safely out. Then we sprayed the oven with the extinguisher. We saved the pig and the dinner, but my crew and I worked until sunrise cleaning all of the extinguisher soot off the walls of this brand-new home.

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