Meals On Wheels: Put Some Classy In Your Chassis

Come on in – the dining is just fine!

What would you rather eat?

  •  A grayish-brown burger on a squashed bun, limp fries in a greasy paper bag, all washed down with flat soda pop.
  • Chilled vichyssoise, steak, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and strawberries, served on linen and silver, and accompanied by a nice Sauvignon Blanc.

A typical Monday night meal at my house.

No contest.

So why do most of our meals look like the first option?  Because we Americans live in our cars.   Trips to the bank and the shops stretch into rides to and from soccer practice and we have no choice but to go to the drive-thru, right?


Hello, I’m The Vehicular Gourmet, and I am on a mission to put the “fine” back in dining, even in the car.

Automotive fine dining does present unique challenges, especially since The Vehicular Gourmet recommends keeping both eyes on the road, and at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times.  But we can adapt.

Remember – red with meat and white with fish.

First we set the stage.   If your car doesn’t come equipped with a bud vase, merely attach a perfect bloom to a green pipe cleaner, and wrap it around the steering wheel.  I recommend placing the flower at 12 o clock to leave 2 and 10 free for your hands – safety first!

Eating is just “chowing down” without sterling silver and candlelight (it gives such a gentle glow to a lady’s complexion).   Some jurisdictions frown on tassels and baby shoes hanging from the rear-view mirror, so better check with the local authorities to see if there is a similar prohibition on hanging sterling silver candelabra there.

Spills can happen, especially when you’re keeping both eyes on the road.  That is why I’ve invented the Full-body Damask Napkin.  This snowy white napkin covers the whole lap and most of the chest, extending up to fasten on your shoulder belt.

The elegant Sac Soupcon

Our first course is a classic vichyssoise.  You might think eating soup would be difficult in the car – oh, ye of little faith.  I give you, the Sac Soupcon!  The Sac is tied around the head at mouth-level, like a horse’s feedbag, and you drink directly out of it.  It has an insulated liner so gazpacho stays cold and French onion soup stays hot.  With its black velvet and white taffeta outer covering, putting on the feedbag has never been so elegant.

Which tasty tater shall I eat first? Eenie, meenie, minie, moe…


How about hands-free steak?  Cut your filet mignon into chunks, string on a length of fishing line and attach to the top of the door.  Getting a bite of luscious steak is as easy as checking your blind spot!

A lady generally wears gloves in public.  For vehicular dining, we cut the tips off the gloves, and add a jeweled cuff and ring.  Now your fingers are ready to host crisp, steamed potatoes. The potatoes are hollowed out for easy handling and seasoned with a shake of butter-flavored popcorn salt to avoid the mess of butter.  Talk about Fingerling Potatoes!

Asparagus spears are a natural finger food.  It’s the dripping hollandaise sauce that can get one in trouble.  The solution?  Hollandaise Jigglers!  Just combine your favorite hollandaise recipe with some unflavored gelatin.  Take a bite of asparagus, and then pop a cube in your mouth for a yummy combination.

Hollandaise Jigglers just make sense on the go.


Miss Manners would surely approve when eating with your fingers is this refined.

The menu was supposed to include a chilled Australian Sauvignon Blanc, but I’m sure my alert readers saw the flaw in this plan.  We can’t serve a white wine with red meat!  To avoid that solecism, uncork a nice, sparkling red grape juice.  With the addition of a tight fitting lid and straw, your best crystal goblet is road-ready in an instant.


We’ll end our meal with a luscious serving of Little Jack Horner Strawberries. Marinated strawberries are hollowed out and served with a dollop of whipped cream for dipping.  Put in your thumb, pull out a strawberry, and say – what a good girl am I!

Strawberry fields, forever.

There is never a good reason to abandon fine dining standards.  After all, that’s the only thing separating us from the lower primates.  It merely takes a little planning and creativity to ensure fine automotive dining is on everyone’s menu.

From The Vehicular Gourmet, Bon Voiture Appetit!


* Lovely model courtesy of Bizzy-Boo Lovely Models, Inc. (aka my daughter, Liz.)

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33 Responses to Meals On Wheels: Put Some Classy In Your Chassis

  1. Love this Peg. The pictures, along with the beautiful model Liz-Biz, always make me smile! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. See kids can learn fine dining and manners while in transit to soccer/gymnastics/assorted lessons
    You’re driving the future with this post HAHA


  3. You’re such an innovator, Peg!
    If you and Liz could come up with something for the subway commuter…that would be a big help.


  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    You had me at the napkin. So fashionable!


  5. I’m going to have to try this out. 🙂


  6. Margy says:

    Sounds delish!
    Did you have to threaten or bribe your daughter to be your model?


  7. Elyse says:

    It is time to bring back gloves, and I think potatoes at the fingertips are what has been missing. (Liz is lovely and a great sport!)


  8. Too funny! And you don’t have to figure out that fancy tip.
    (Julia Child is turning over in her grave!).


  9. Amal says:

    Awesome post

    Liked by 1 person

  10. That’s a terrible analogy. Who has time to make vichyssoise, much less spell or pronounce it correctly? Especially when you’re hungry? But a burger? Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. You’re eating in a *snap*. And not for nothing, but Volkswagen beetles come with bud vases. Yeah, they do.


  11. the20somethingexistentialcrisis says:

    Thanks so much for this. It completely made my day.


  12. Happy to see someone tackling this problem. Spending hours in traffic jams and over congested roads has really put a damper on fine dining for me. It seems like every day is a day spent in the car eating crap. I’m glad to see that your daughter is following in your footsteps with her ability to entertain.


  13. A New Zealand Sauv Blanc…not Australian!!


  14. Bobbing for steak? What a great idea! This was great, thanks for the chuckle!


  15. This post was just what I needed after a long day at work. And those photos! bwaaaahaaaa!

    Liked by 1 person

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