Lucullus, the Roman general who lived primarily during the first century B.C., was a true foodie. He is credited with bringing the cherry to Western Europe (from Armenia). He also hosted lavish dinners where no expense was spared for his guests.
One evening, his servants were informed that Lucullus would be dining alone -- an unusual circumstance. But the general made it clear that the food and service must remain stellar.
"On those days when I am dining alone," he reportedly told his servants, "you must make a special effort, for that is when Lucullus dines with Lucullus."