Having A Night

Having A Night

Having A Night is a podcast dedicated to reviving the lost art of the dinner party. Sophie von Haselberg and Ariana Venturi are obsessed with both the micro and the macro of the all-important question: how to throw the absolute, supreme, no holds barred, remember-it-forever-unless-you-were-too-drunk dinner party.

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March 10, 2022 51 min
At last, Having A Night: Wedding Season comes to a close. Ari still isn't married, but at least she has a venue and a date, if not a dress and a jazz trio. This season, the girls dug into the crevices of the Wedding Industrial Complex and somehow emerged unscathed. They parsed first dances and after parties, dessert tables and tiered cakes, fairy lights and candles, placement and free-for-alls. In this final episode, Sophie lay...
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CAKE SMACKDOWN: Design vs. Taste! We're putting all our money on TASTE, the clear frontrunner in this prize fight. Who wants a beautiful cake with no flavor? If you fondant fonDO… step aside. We’ve all seen “Shallow Hal” (shame on us, millennials)! We want our cake to TASTE like Gwyneth, no matter what she LOOKS like! Dear Tony Robins: please hypnotize all brides to see beneath the fondant! Also in this episode: Sophie plans Ar...
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February 24, 2022 43 min
You've survived it all -- the endless toasts, the crack-of-dawn hair & makeup shift, the mic feedback during the ceremony... You grazed the floor with your butt during SHOUT and cried during the first dance even though the band sucked. You ate three pieces of cake, two bottles of wine, and zero water. The wedding is over, right? You've done your part and then some? WRONG. You better get your ass into gear because after ...
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February 17, 2022 59 min
If music be the food of love, then you better pump the jams and play something great at your wedding. The DJ/Band dispute is a tale as old as time and both girls want to rock DJ. Now that that's settled, does an electric violin kill the vibe or electrify the dancefloor? And where is the string quartet in all of this? Can't we just let strings be strings instead of warping them into an Ed Sheeran arrangement? Has the Dirty D...
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February 10, 2022 46 min
The girls may not be location scouts but they sure do have opinions on where you should have your wedding. Vibe is paramount. Finding a new way to say 'vibe' is also paramount. Vibes unearthed during this hour-long convo include the cheugy farm vibe, the sterile loft vibe, and the Stepford country club vibe. Obviously, the correct answer to where you're getting married is D, None of the above. Ari unloads and downloads ...
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February 3, 2022 57 min
Speeches. Toasts. Roasts.  The best man thinks he’s headlining The Comedy Cellar. Your dad has been speaking off-the-cuff for 45 minutes. 6 sorority sisters, 1 mic. And everyone’s opening line begins with “FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW ME.” We're issuing a trigger warning for everyone who's ever roasted, toasted, speeched, or been speeched. Consider yourself warned. XOXO! Ari & Sophie Learn more about your ad choices....
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January 28, 2022 60 min
What better way to celebrate your wedding than playing a massive game of WHO WORE IT BEST with all your closest friends!? Last week's episode covered bachelorettes, and that means this week, it's the Bridal Party... which, when you really think about it, is just a big ol' horse and pony show. Who's got the best updo? Beach waves? Best strap situation? Most inoffensive walking pace? Ladies, it's time to parade yo...
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January 20, 2022 49 min
After a long, unannounced hiatus, the girls are now COVID-free and ready to dive into the Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, which has recently swelled from simple "party" into the bachelor/bachelorette three-day-weekend. It's hard to say exactly when this shift occurred, but it was probably around the same time as the emergence of the welcomed-by-some, dreaded-by-most Four Day Wedding Weekend. The Stag-do/Hen-do can be an op...
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December 10, 2021 89 min
The girls heard your pleas for a wedding planner, and have arrived with the ultimate answer: Ryan Hill, the head honcho and owner of Apotheosis Events. If your image of a "wedding planner" is the-gal-in-the-black-dress-looking-miffed-while-she-screams-into-her-headset, Ryan is about to turn that idea upside-down. Vivacious, kind, and hysterical, he sees his role as part Stage Manager, part Producer, and part Therapist, and ...
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November 25, 2021 46 min
Thanksgiving rolls around but once a year, and the girls could not be more amped that it's making its presence known in the form of PUMPKIN. From here on out, it's nothing but spiked cider and holiday parties. In spite of a minor argument over cranberry sauce, Ari & Sophie are on the same page: sticklers for the absolute classics. Why screw around with what's already perfect? They wax on about their Thanksgiving hop...
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November 4, 2021 34 min
Who's coming & who's getting snubbed? Is it mandatory to invite everyone whose wedding you've been invited to? And is there ever a good way to say "O HELL NO" to the request for a +1? In this episode, the girls get down and dirty with the A List, the B List, and the zzz list. (Don't invite any snoozers to your wedding, ya hear?) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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October 28, 2021 45 min
You want to make sure your guests are happy and drunk at your wedding…. But how much are you willing to cough up? This week we go through various tiers of WEDDING BARS. Full? Premium?! BEER AND WINE ONLY? Lots of revelations are made this week folks, and the verdict even surprised us. Tune in for all things cocktail hour and leave your feelings about champagne toasts at the door! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoic...
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October 21, 2021 50 min
Cocktail attire? Black Tie? Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt. For Ari and Sophie, w-e-d-d-i-n-g spells COSTUME PARTY. A chance to steal the attention from the bride with an absolutely smashing outfit (mostly joking here, folks, not to worry.) We're talking Hoedown Chic, Playful Hawaiian, and Creative Formal. Yes, the girls are positively gagging for specificity when it comes to dress code. Adjectives abound -- are you ...
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October 14, 2021 48 min
Name your top 5 wedding canapés and prepare for war. This week the girls are unloading all their wedding-food gripes (BEFORE the professional guests get the mic). What is it about synchronized servers that turns you on? If salmon and chicken were a real-life DUET.... who would be on piano? But actually WHY is wedding food so sucky??????!!! Is it the formality? The fillet? Both? Touché. Buckle up folks, you're in for some big op...
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October 7, 2021 43 min
We vow to take you as our lawfully wedded listeners…. That’s right! Bell’s are RINGIN’ cause Ari and Sophie are BACK for an all new season dedicated to possibly the biggest night to be had…. WEDDING NIGHT! This season is all about throwing the ultimate party. Listen in for the 10 commandments of wedding planning, an engagement story for the ages, the great ‘band v. DJ’ debate and so much more. It’s a season filled with guests from ...
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June 10, 2021 59 min
SEASON FINALE!! In a groundbreaking, first-ever, tell-all interview filled with never-before-seen personal stories of strength, perseverance, and what she ate for breakfast this morning, Madame Sophie Von Haselberg BARES. IT. ALL. The much-adored, fiercely-funny, mayo-ambivalent-multi-hyphenate QUEEN speaks OUT about strawberry yogurt, fasting, and what went down in the early 2000’s at a club in China that opens at 7AM. Legendary i...
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June 3, 2021 38 min
You know her voice, you know her taste, you know she goes heavy on the mayo.... But do you really know the woman we all listen to, laugh with, and love every week, aka The Jewish Italian American Princess herself, Ariana Venturi? This is the EXPOSE you've been waiting for, the tell-all interview with journalist S'Oprah von Haselberg. From the childhood nostalgia of her culinary heroes to piercing insights like "if chick...
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May 27, 2021 53 min
A lot of people don't understand that 'A Life of Partying' can and should be a noble pursuit. Bryan Dayton is not one of those people. Founder of Half Eaten Cookie Hospitality group, which operates 5 killer restaurants in Colorado including OAK at Fourteenth, Bryan knew from a ripe young age that he wanted to spend his precious time on this earth mixing cocktails and giving others the kind of NIGHT this podcast is all a...
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May 20, 2021 60 min
Annie Favia is the brain, heart, and soul behind Favia Wines and Erda Teas. Though born in Connecticut, she's the NorCal gal of our dreams— a viticulturist with an obvious green thumb, a deep respect for nature and how it sustains us, and the sunny, engaging disposition of someone who knows her shit but isn't about to lord it over you. Can you tell we fell in love with her over the course of our conversation? In this episod...
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May 13, 2021 55 min
What were you doing in your early 20s? Starting a restaurant empire with nothing more than a BFA and a song? Yeah. That's what we thought. Renee Erickson is the kind of chef/restauranteur/cookbook author/fearless woman that dreams are made of. Owner of multiple –and most would say, the best– food destinations in Seattle, including The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, Bar Mesuline, Bateau, and General Porpoise Doughnuts...
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