FT Series Fantasy dinner parties FT writers select the guests, venue and dishes for their dream meals Honey & Co chef Itamar Srulovich’s fantasy dinner — well-travelled guests and his wife’s apple tart‘We have course after course, drink after drink, song after song. We have the whole world at our table’Ed Balls’ fantasy dinner — steak teppanyaki with Gordon Brown, Janet Yellen and Chrystia Freeland‘Sarkozy gestured angrily towards the well-done steak. “Do they expect us to eat this?”’Tim Hayward’s fantasy dinner party — Hemingway et al for gimlets by the Med‘Things will get messy. There will be flirtation, staring out to sea, gossip traded, reputations traduced’Elaine Moore’s fantasy dinner . . . Gertrude Stein, Dolly Parton and a bemused bitcoin creator‘We travel back to 1816, when the Mount Tambora volcano blocked the sun and there was little to do but sit inside, eat and tell stories’Nathan Brooker’s fantasy dinner party — Fran Lebowitz, James Joyce . . . and George CostanzaThe FT’s House & Home editor invites a motley crew of raconteurs and Seinfeld’s pal to the Italian RivieraLaura Battle’s fantasy dinner — a night of song, scandal and nightingalesThe FT’s deputy books editor invites three outrageous show-offs and two charming diplomats to a dreamy treehouse in ancient English woodlands More from this SeriesLorien Kite’s fantasy dinner party — Billie Holiday and all that jazzThe FT’s deputy Life & Arts editor travels back to 1939 New York for a night of rich conversation and strong cocktailsTony Barber’s fantasy dinner: a 15th-century feast in SardiniaThe FT’s European comment editor assembles a Russian poet, an atheist priest and Shakespeare’s Rosalind for a night of sparkling debateAnthony Lavelle’s fantasy dinner: at sea with Marilyn Monroe and JFKJack Nicholson joins FT Weekend Magazine’s chief sub on the Royal Yacht Britannia as Prince Charles pours the wineDavid Pilling's fantasy dinner: Bob Dylan and super-TuscansThe FT’s Africa editor invites David Sedaris and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Siena for an Italian cornucopiaLeone Ross’s fantasy dinner: novelists, poets and PrinceAudre Lord, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin have a magical feast on an imaginary archipelagoRowley Leigh’s fantasy dinner: a Freudian French feastThe chef and FT food writer tucks into snipe on toast with Samuel Beckett and Thelonious MonkBryce Elder’s fantasy dinner: Billy Connolly, Frankenstein’s monster and no awkward silences‘Whenever Mikael Jonsson serves something not to my taste, I recognise immediately that the failing is mine and not his’David Cheal’s fantasy dinner — Bowie, the Bard and the blues‘Shakespeare is here to provide a clue to the wellspring of his creativity — a theme of the evening’Joshua Chaffin’s fantasy dinner — Joan Didion, Axl Rose . . . and QAnonThe FT’s New York correspondent gets more than he bargained for when the conspiracy theory’s leader turns upRana Foroohar’s fantasy dinner: a feast beside the Aegean SeaThe FT’s global business columnist gathers writers, a musician, a jeweller and her father for a meal lovingly prepared by her grandmotherOrla Ryan’s fantasy dinner — Elton John and a flying visit from Amelia EarhartThe FT’s Middle East and Africa news editor serves up poitín, political intrigue and rock-star pianoAlice Fishburn’s fantasy dinner: Moses, Muppets and masterpiecesThe FT Weekend Magazine editor takes over the Frick Collection for a gossipy Christmas feastJonathan Derbyshire’s fantasy dinner: philosophy meets jazzMichel de Montaigne is the presiding spirit and Elizabeth David rustles up rustic French cuisineEmma Jacobs’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT’s work and careers columnist gets dressed up for a summer’s night of grilled prawns, champagne and OtisJohn Gapper’s fantasy dinner: Joseph Bazalgette and Rosalind FranklinHis eclectic guests tackle science, art and technology with a striking Victorian backdropCourtney Weaver’s fantasy dinner party: Tina Turner and Marcus AureliusThe FT’s US political correspondent heads to Moscow for a vodka-fuelled blowout Gideon Rachman’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT columnist talks 20th-century history with some of its key figuresBrooke Masters’ fantasy dinner: Carrie Fisher serenades Nikola TeslaThe FT’s opinion and analysis editor whisks her guests away for an evening of French-Indian cuisineSebastian Payne’s fantasy dinner partyMiles Davis and Evelyn Waugh share champagne and oysters on the beachJanan Ganesh’s fantasy dinner partyAboard the Orient Express bound for Venice, the FT columnist and his dream guests swap epigrams, song lyrics — and football tacticsFantasy dinner: Nelson Mandela and Victoria Wood join Henry Mance for a vegan feast The FT’s chief features writer selects the chef, guests, dishes, drinks and location for his ultimate mealKatrina Manson’s fantasy dinner party: Catherine the Great meets William MorrisAn underground gathering of flawed iconoclasts muse on invention and the art of the possibleArthur Conan Doyle, Nile Rodgers, truffle pasta — Claer Barrett's fantasy dinnerThe FT’s personal finance editor selects the chef, guests, dishes, drinks and location for her ultimate supperAlexander Gilmour’s fantasy dinner party: Snoopy kisses Sally RooneyThe FT’s Food & Drink editor selects the chef, dishes, guests and sommelier (guess who?) for his ultimate supperRobert Armstrong’s fantasy dinner party: Julia Child in Studio 54The FT’s US finance editor picks the guests, destination, chef and dishes for his dream supperJim Pickard’s fantasy dinner party: Elizabeth I meets Billy ConnollyThe FT’s chief political correspondent picks the guests, destination, chef and dishes for his dream supperFantasy dinner party: Barbara Pym meets BuffyThe novelist and the TV vampire slayer are among those Isabel Berwick would invite for a picnic on Hampstead HeathJan Dalley’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT’s arts editor picks the guests, venue, chef, dishes, wines and cocktail for her dream supperSimon Kuper’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT columnist selects his perfect venue, food, wine and company for a post-lockdown celebrationPilita Clark’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT business columnist picks the guests, dishes and venue for her dream mealRobert Shrimsley’s fantasy dinner partyThe FT political commentator picks the guests, dishes and venue for his dream mealMartin Wolf’s fantasy dinner partyWho makes the guest list for the FT chief economics commentator’s dream meal?