GARDEN PARTY ON FOOD CHANNEL- The most elegant repast at the end of summer celebrated the start of Fall. Not since the Fall of the Roman Empire has there been such decadence in Boston.
The Boston Celtics may have the biggest fall cuisine of any team in basketball. Yes, that maven of cookery, the chef of soufflé and pick and roll, Rajon Rondo threw a dinner party for his teammates.
Those lucky enough to be in Boston before the season's official practices and media sessions were the guests of honor.
And it is indeed an honor to RSVP the chance to eat what the great chef of the Celtics cooks up. For those out of the loop, Rondo is a master in the kitchen. If he didn't play basketball, he would be running a five-star restaurant. He can cook bon-bons and desserts, and throw together your healthiest snacks in Boston.
When his career in basketball ends, he will not go hungry.
Celtic players and coaches came over to his new digs for the bonhomie and stayed for the post-dinner preseason discussion.
Rondo is an unusual team leader who brings together the tired, huddled masses of new players with the overwhelmed returnees. If this will be a bridge year for the Celtics, Rondo will make certain that the foodstuffs are not just stuffed shells of their former selves.
According to the host, Jared Sullinger ate the most. Considering his back surgery and busted romance in the news, it was nice to see that Rondo could restore the young lad's appetite.
Even owner Wyc Grousbeck showed up. He never passes up a free meal, and that's how he made his filthy millions.
Next time we try to roast Rondo, we know he will beat us to the punch bowl.