PHILADELPHIA—Struggling to maintain the evening’s previous energy levels as they sipped on drinks and chatted aimlessly between long, silent pauses, a ragtag assortment of friends of friends were reportedly all that remained at host Josh Harnon’s house party by the early morning hours Saturday. “Tahini is what gives hummus its flavor, but you have to make sure to use the right amount or else it will taste too much like tahini,” said an acquaintance twice-removed from Harnon's core friend group to a fellow guest who was the girlfriend of Harnon’s former roommate. “I like tahini. I like the flavor it adds, you know?” At press time, Harnon was attempting for the sixth time to courteously imply to the assembly of barely affiliated holdouts that he was headed to bed.

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