At 32, the attractive blonde found herself at the dinner party with Stern.
The occasion was the annual dinner of the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, a very big organization at the time.
A restaurant menu is the nexus of a diner, a dinner, a chef and the suitably hospitable environment in which a meal is served.
c.1300, from Old French disner (11c.), originally "breakfast," later "lunch," noun use of infinitive disner (see dine). Always used in English for the main meal of the day; shift from midday to evening began with the fashionable classes. Childish reduplication din-din is attested from 1905.