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.
Illustration: Barry Blitt
Turns out I had underestimated the power of bromelain, the pineapple enzyme that’s so powerful it can digest protein. (It’s often used as a meat tenderizer.) But here’s the worst part: I was writing about the power of the pineapple enzyme at the time!
What now? On a dime, I had to replan the entire meal. But I dined out on the story for years.