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How an artist and former waitress created the Dinner Bell, a supper club held at her home in Long Island.

Julia Ziegler-Haynes, an artist and former waitress at the Brooklyn restaurant Marlow & Sons, first took to cooking through a rather unusual art project: she researched the final meals of 24 death-row inmates, then prepared them and had them photographed. ‘‘That was the first time I ever really cooked for strangers,’’ she says. ‘‘I was cooking for ghosts.’’ The experience ‘‘broadened her relationship with food,’’ she says, and led her to create the Dinner Bell, a supper club held periodically at her Williamsburg house and, as of this summer, at her home on the North Fork of Long Island. The dinners are four-course affairs attended by about 15 guests who often don’t know each other; they hear of the club by word of mouth and contact Ziegler-Haynes through her Web site (the-dinner-bell.com). ‘‘I like being the chef and the hostess and the person who picks out the place settings and vacuums the rug,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m sharing this art piece with you. Come to my show.’’

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