It's like a stage set, isn't it. The table is set, the lighting is arranged, helped by ample skylights above, the cast is gathering, some just visible in that mirror over on the left.
The twist was that it was a promotional event for a new line of seafood main courses from previously-wholesalers-only Lyons Seafoods, we were sent home with samples of all four of the feeds-two, fresh easy-to-cook dishes, and I live with someone who doesn't eat fish or seafood. Fortunately, it all worked out. My thanks to wishus for enabling, and coth for providing me with mouths in need of feeding. In the end, I only needed to consume the entirety of *one* of the four dishes all by myself, over the course of two meals. And, to my relief, they were all pretty good.
I've done a full write-up of the event over at One Peppercorn.