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.

Episodes

August 13, 2023 43 mins
Well, friends, this is sort of a 'series finale' for the Having A Night Podcast. As Ari says in this ep, "we've basically done it". We've had on guests we've loved, guests we've hated (KIDDING!), we've talked about scintillating things and things so boring they could send a stone into a deep snooze. And now, we're hoping to take Having A Night in some more *live*, *theatrical* directions. If you've been listening to us for the last...
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And we don't mean 'boo' in the Halloween sense. In this episode, we uncover the hollow (literally!) trend that is bucatini. We also delve into another bu--burrata, that is. NYMag issued a scathing expose on the once-famed ball of cream. Is this ill repute deserved or is there a place in the pantheon of cheeses for our milky friend? Of course, it wouldn't be August if we didn't have a section on tomatoes (sandwiches, raw sauces, etc...
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July 27, 2023 47 mins
This week is all about where to go and what to do in the great city of New York! When people (including people under the age of 21) visit from out of town, what are the major food groups one MUST hit? Pizza is at the top of the list, but must be in the form of the slice joint. Bagels are an essential, but don't you dare go near a place that serves unicorn bagels. The steakhouse, the Oyster Bar, the classic American diner... Lots to...
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July 20, 2023 51 mins
I can be hard for a couple of millennials to keep up with Gen Z. It's a Hot Girl Summer, at least we know that part. But when it comes to Girl Dinner, are we behind the trend or are we so ahead of the curve that we've been Girl Dining for years and have long since forgotten about it? Hot Girl Walks are a newfangled moniker for 'walking while thinking', and by our use of the word 'newfangled', you can probably tell that thinking whi...
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July 10, 2023 56 mins
The Pils is fresh, the sausages are thick, and the cry of dekuji issues from our lips. Yes, we're back from our *shared* vacation-- sort of tanned, very full, and nearly ready to commit to a week of teetotaling and juice cleansing! We go deep on 'responsible drinking' and shallow on the chicness of ponchos. There's talk of the ultimate roast beef sang (that's sandwich in collegiate language), the ultimate potato (cooked not just in...
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June 8, 2023 60 mins
The air of Canadian Wildfires has swept into NY and the sky is yellow... Apocalypse is on the brain. But we won't let that get us down! First of all, there's a naked woman across the street, which certainly buoys the mood. And then, we have packing to talk about! How to channel all your energy into one look -- are you a Jacqueline Bissett or are you gonna be out there rocking Jams World? And did you know that if you're the guy wear...
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June 1, 2023 48 mins
Orange Oil is our favorite food, but what about its gruesome twin, the Orange Oil Stain? This week starts off with some Real Talk about the dearth of desserts on-hand (yogurt and granola ain't gonna cut it anymore) and the sad truth that sometimes, mediocre food can make a person (e.g. Sophie) eat more, in the hopes of attaining culinary nirvana. Then, prepare for a bumpy segue into small talk! How to have it, why we're having it, ...
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May 27, 2023 62 mins
Did you spent the week blissfully biting into the metaphorical heart of the artichoke or chewing on a fibrous outer leaf? The answer is probably: both. Artichokes take center stage in this episode until they are rudely booted off in favor of raw, off-the-rails topic: THE VEGGIE SANDWICH. And boy does this episode get heated! Chevre proves more divisive than anticipated, but the gloves really come off when it comes to the Italian he...
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May 4, 2023 49 mins
What are your Hopes and Dreams? Have you been busy thinking about what you hope for the Having A Night gals and the Having A Night Family? Us too! And in this episode we talk all about it, starting with nudity and other potentially humiliating behaviors that we would like to indulge in more often. As usual, we mix our metaphors, get completely off-track, and can barely recall where we began. All of which is to say, it's a regular d...
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April 28, 2023 52 mins
First, we gotta recap the World Marmalade Awards, where Sophie took a silver in the First Timer's category. This quickly ushers in the hot topic of jelly vs. jam vs. marmalade, but soon we're out of the sweets and onto the savory subjects, ie PIZZA. Where to get it, what kind of flop it needs, what crust is best... This is an unplanned, off the cuff, but EXTREMELY exciting deep dive into excitement about one of -- if not THE -- mos...
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April 20, 2023 42 mins
N.B. -- audio is not the greatest in this episode, but we hope you'll enjoy nonetheless! The accidental theme of this ep is what pantry items survive the 'nuclear holocaust' and also what ingredients we need in the event of a 'nuclear holocaust', aka an airbnb with no grocery store around for miles. Fish pate ranks fairly low on the list of things that do well over a 5-year time period, while beans get a 5-star Having A Night stamp...
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April 13, 2023 43 mins
In this peripatetic episode, Ari and Sophie hop from Easter to food poisoning to the true meaning of the word 'shank'. They can't answer the question 'what is a cassoulet?' but they CAN tell you that scallions must be chopped and never served whole-from-the-grill. Find us on instagram @havinganight and we'll answer any burning questions... Or we'll just make up some of our own and answer those. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...
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April 6, 2023 57 mins
It's time for a deep dive into portability. The portability of FOOD, to be precise. Burritos check the box but tacos fall short. Dumplings? No can do. Sandwiches teeter on the brink, depending on how they are packaged and how stuffed they are. We also take a deep dive into our own intellects and patchy knowledge with a superficial tour through 'inflation', 'economics' and 'cellphone addiction.' Ari correctly identifies herself as '...
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March 30, 2023 57 mins
More potatoes are discussed -- apologies are issued to wedge fries; clear gaps in our potato famine knowledge are exposed... Then it's onto a dissection of the tasting menu: is it a thing of the past or a thing of the future? Is it ever enough food? And the grimmest of all: what happens when 'share' plates aren't large enough to be truly shared? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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March 23, 2023 58 mins
We take an unanticipated tour through Fried Potatoville... Hot takes are given on Hot Tots. Plus: the County Fair. Ultimate Americana, or vestigial tradition? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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March 16, 2023 61 mins
In this episode, Ari tries to keep the guardrails on while Sophie tries to jump over them. The Oscars were watched. Duck was eaten. Cabbage is discussed. At length. Its sweetness, its versatility. Also, chips and where we stand on all the new-fangled healthy versions. Is a Dorito its own category? Where do Now-N-Laters, Starburst, and Hi-Chews rank in terms of chew, waxiness, and flavor? These questions, topics, and more, including...
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March 9, 2023 56 mins
Ari and Sophie try to come up with genius pairings for each Best Picture nominee, mostly failing to make a cohesive menu. Ari hasn't seen any of the films but she's not letting that stop her from voicing her opinions! Turns out, seeing the trailer is JUST like seeing the movie. Happy hot dog fingers, everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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March 2, 2023 64 mins
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February 16, 2023 43 mins
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February 9, 2023 53 mins
We unpack Ari's wedding (with plenty of distraction along the way.) Has the pandemic made Ari bad at socializing with a martini glass? Do we need an intro? These questions, and more, answered in this Very Important Episode.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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