The three words "best meal ever" bring back a flood of memories - the mind starts paging through the index of dinners at fancy restaurants, impromptu meals prepared by the family in the kitchen, first bites of a food that changed the trajectory of a life. Is it the cuisine that makes a meal the best ever? The company? A combination of the two? Our Best Meal Ever contest garnered hundreds of such stories, and we decided to expand the call to chefs, food world celebrities and other notables. After a lot of agonizing on the part of participants, we collected some of the most evocative Best Meal Ever tales into the slideshow below - if you have a Best Meal Ever to share, please make us drool in the comments.