The recession can take away your credit card privileges, early retirement fantasies, even your dignity. But you’ll still have your obsessions with food and real estate. The two come together like an amuse and aperitif with one swift e-mail from Brooklyn Laundry, a grassroots and grass-fed dinner party housed in (among other places) various apartments on the market. Dinners are intimate (around 20 guests) and charming: Menus are a riff on house chef Fiore Tedesco’s moods and memories — perhaps a wintry night spent in Bologna, a Passover-inspired dinner by way of Montreal, a hypothetical meal from Darwin’s voyage on The Beagle. Mixed drinks and mingling lead to five or more thoughtful seasonal courses, like foie gras buttercream macaroons, buckwheat matzah ball soup, buttery monkfish potpies, brisket and ramps, and lavender madeleines. Whether you’ll dine in a Madison penthouse or on an Orchard Street rooftop is anyone’s guess. Devised your own party idea? Brooklyn Laundry will cater in your kitchen. Broker your own deal. Brooklyn Laundry (thebrooklynlaundry.com). Reserve space at the dinner table May 5 or 6. Cost is $60 per person ($80 with wine).