By Rebecca Edwardson Makowsky
I think one of the factors that lured me into loving chess was the quest to figure out the perfect drink and food to accompany the chess experience. Playing chess to me is taking a moment for yourself and a timeout from life’s chaos for a short stint. It fills a similar personal space as “cocktail hour”, the same reason to have hors d’oeuvres—both signify, “I’m taking some time for myself right now, so buzz off outside world, it’s me time.”
Chess has an undoubtedly chic and alluring aesthetic component. The sets are like art themselves, with 32 little sculptures, carefully positioned atop a checkered canvas. So of course such an inspired object would require equally inspired nibbles and cocktails. I’ve spent hours, maybe even days, imagining what type of food would be most appropriate, enticing, and innovative. In playing chess, your hands need to be free, so all food accompaniments must be easy to pick up, no trailing mess, no sticky or oily fingers. And since we’re playing a game on a veritable sculpture, the food and drink should be ever so slightly fancy pants.