I asked a few of the people I meet on my Scene Last Night rounds to name their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Here’s what they said.
David Einhorn, Greenlight Capital Inc. “Cranberry sauce -- not from the can, just cranberries and sugar.” John Griffin, Blue Ridge Capital LLC “Anything my wife makes, especially the cranberry sauce -- with oranges.” Julian Robertson, Tiger Management LLC “Wild rice.” Gary Cohn, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “Oysters -- not shucked by me.” Mary Pat Christie, wife of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie “Our favorite dish is stuffing,” says Mary Pat Christie. “It’s basic, the Pepperidge Farm mix, celery, onions, butter.” Lee Ainslie, Maverick Capital “Creamed onions.” (They take five hours to make, his wife, Elizabeth, says.) Howard Lutnick, Cantor Fitzgerald “Sweet potatoes with marshmallows.” Glenn Dubin, Highbridge Capital Management LLC “I love turkey. I would love to eat turkey all year round, because I’m a chicken person. And I like sweet potatoes, but without the marshmallows.” Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist “Definitely not the turkey. There’s a reason you don’t see it served at restaurants except diners.” Sallie Krawcheck, former Bank of America president “I make a potato kugel -- it’s basically a giant potato latke. And apple pie. The secret to a great apple pie is the crust. Do you know what the secret to a great crust is? Vodka.” Roy Niederhoffer, RG Niederhoffer Capital Management Inc. “Sweet potatoes, because my late mom made them. For years she also served carrot cake, until I admitted that I didn’t actually like it. Everyone around the table agreed, including my mom. That was our last carrot cake.” David Hasselhoff, actor “I miss the dish my mother used to make: it was green beans, with a layer of marshmallows, and corn flakes on top.” Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees first baseman “I love sweet potato casserole, with marshmallows and brown sugar. I can eat it with the turkey, the mashed potatoes and the stuffing, but then I could just have a bowl of it by itself as dessert.” Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate “It’s not any particular dish. What’s important is that the meal is the same year after year.”
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