You know that cliche question, "If you could invite any 5 people to dinner, who would it be"? Well, one of my husband's top five people is coming (with his wife) to a Shabbat dinner. At our house. In two weeks!!!!! I've only met him briefly but I know is that he is one of the most well-respected people in his profession (a field my husband is just starting out in).
I need to make a showstopping meal, something that will provide fodder for conversation (the guest seems to be quite shy), and make him not feel out of place being at a much younger couple's home for dinner (my husband and I are in our mid-20's he appears to be in his 50's). There will also be 4 other guests.
My usual impressive menu is a French spread featuring boeuf bourguignon but it seems a bit cliche and not so exciting. I am cooking in a very small and limited kitchen.
So, any ideas for something to make? Particularly an entree and a dessert?