“It’s the people who don’t entertain who are the worst at R.S.V.P.’ing. Those who entertain know that numbers are important.” – Rena Sindi

“We have before us a generation of people who grew up eating in restaurants, not at dinner parties.” Ms. Maroukian said that these people need to realize that “a restaurant doesn’t care about you in the same way a host does: it’s going to serve dinner with or without you.”

“But a dinner party host really cares,” she continued.