Food Brings People to the TableAugust 17, 2016
At Green Bar, one of our favorite ingredients to add to every meal is a little love, and we love connecting with our customers through our food. Cesar Chavez was famously quoted saying, “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.” So what is it about food that really brings people together? Here are some reasons why sharing a meal is about way more than just chowing down.
Food reinforces culture and tradition.
Whether it’s your great grandmother’s recipe for veggie lasagna or the first time you’re trying pho,( vegan pho, that is…) the experience of eating unlocks not only cherished memories, but also new shared experiences. Additionally, cultures all over the world use food as a way to show their hospitality and break down cultural barriers. What are some of your favorite family recipes? Share them with us in the comments below!
Sharing a meal gives a family time to reconnect.
Taking the time for a sit-down meal with the entire family gives individuals the time to share their triumphs and challenges from the day. Studies have also shown that the routine of a daily family meal provides, “a sense of security and togetherness and helps nurture children into healthy, well-rounded adults.” Take a break from the smart phones and iPads and really focus on your family, we can all benefit from being truly present for a solid 30 minutes.
Eating together helps you live longer.
Aside from eating a more well-balanced meal made with fresh ingredients, the act of eating together has also proven to help people live longer due to social support and stimulation. This just goes to show that a little conversation goes a long way! This is especially true for older members of your family, so make to sure to invite Grandma and Grandpa to your next family meal!
Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love. –Giada DeLaurentis
We’d love to hear how you use food to bring people together, tag us at @greenbarkitch and let us know!