In this order, he said he'd have: Oysters Rockefeller (probably two dozen) with sauvignon blanc; veal sweatbreads with capers, mushrooms, madeira and demi glace paired with Hess Pinot Noir; Heart of Boston Bibb salad with Vermont walnuts and aged white cheddar; Dover sole fillet napped with Champagne; chives and cream with a Ferrara Corono Chardonnay; Colorado lamb chops with Dijon panko crust, sauce marchand de vin and Chateau Beychevelle; lightly wilted spinach, splash of rice vinegar, golden pineapple spear with creamy Danish bleu cheese served with Fonseca Port."
And for desert, he said, "My chocolate pate accompanied by Perrier Jouet."
That sounds wonderful, but also a lot of work. For those less inclined to do David Copperfield level magic in the kitchen, maybe stick to comfort foods that require virtually no effort or time to prepare.
Cocktail wieners soaked in barbecue sauce, potato chips and Hostess Twinkies are about the right speed, or you can let guests raid the fridge and eat what they want. If someone wants to eat mayonnaise straight from the jar, be a gracious host, get him a spoon and then cautiously but quickly step away.
Plan party games to help everyone keep their minds off impending oblivion, but keep it simple: limbo contests, trivia and board games.
Charleston Gazette business reporter Megan Workman suggested, "How about the Game of Life? Wouldn't that be ironic?"
And what party is complete without music? While there's time, put together a playlist.
Electric 102's Nick Scott thought that REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It" or "Cold" were solid choices, and local rocker Lee Harrah added, "The End" by The Doors and Queen's "The Show Must Go on," as well as "Hallowed Be Thy Name" by Iron Maiden.
Harrah said, "It's the band's closeout for shows. Why not let be the closeout for the human race?"
Drummer, songwriter and former percussionist for Tim McGraw, David Dunkley thought a more retrospective approach was in order. He suggested "Yesterday" by The Beatles.
"Mountain Stage's" top stagehand and local lights guy Joey Ansel went with a lighter approach. He offered up Jimmy Buffet's "Why Don't We Get Drunk," a song that kind of cuts to the chase.
St. Albans native and bassist for country star Blake Shelton, Rob Byus came up with "1999" by Prince, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band, "Statesboro Blues" by the Allman Brothers Band, "Rock and Roll All Night" by Kiss and "Back in Black" by AC/DC.
He added, "Then put Zeppelin on shuffle 'til the lights go out!"
Singer/songwriter Jeff Ellis sent an entire play list. It was well-rounded and very thought-out, but it was kind of long. Email us, and we'll send it to you.
Anyway, before the end comes, whether that's by a previously unknown rogue planet plummeting into the Earth or giant evil space aliens crawling forth from the depths of the ocean to reclaim the lands that once belonged to them, take comfort in the fact that you won't have to clean up afterwards.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.