In the recent post “All my passions grew on the mountain,” Selkirk college student Lesley Garlow said that cooking and eating food with her family and friends is one of the things that makes her life worth living:
“When family comes together to break bread, I believe magic happens somewhere between the ceremony of setting the table and the “please pass the peas.” It warms me to my very core to see everyone smiling and gathered together – especially when the food is a direct product of my love and hard work. I believe homegrown food nurtures the body more completely somehow, and being able to provide that for my family gives me a strong sense of accomplishment.”
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Along similar lines, the December, 2014 Time magazine is all about the bonding power of cooking and eating:
Cooking and eating with groups is a great way to create a sense of community.
– Selkirk student, Dinner Club 2014
I would have to say what stood out the most was the food preparation – it was such a comfortable atmosphere. It was natural to start a conversation, get to know someone that you have never met before by just cutting up some vegetables together.
– Alana Marshall, Third Year Nursing student about a Dinner Basket Conversation at Tenth Street Residence
Food is more than survival. With it we make friends, court lovers and count our blessings.”
– National Geographic, Dec. 2014
I really enjoyed participating in the Dinner Basket Conversation evening. I particularly like how inclusive the meal sharing and conversation felt. It was obvious that everyone sharing and listening respected personal insight and valued the learning from other’s experiences. The social responsibility aspect of the conversation was positive; there is plenty of greatness in our community! Having multiple backgrounds and perspectives made the evening fly by.
– Jacqui, third year nursing student
“My father considered the simple act of sharing a meal and conversation to be the most advanced spiritual training. As we eat and talk, we relax our senses and touch the goodness that is always omnipresent. The underlying force is the beating heart of all humanity, and in this heart lies our future.”
– Sakyong Mipham, Tibetan Rinpoche speaking of his father Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
and here are some quotes from students at a Crawford Bay Dinner Basket Conversation:
There was a tolerance for exploration and an opening to learning from each other. There was a leveling of the playing field as we all “broke bread together.”
Good healthy food naturally connects to healthy conversation.
Most often in our lives we are insular and habituated socially – this event shows how to bridge that.
The connection between sharing meals and creating community was one of the strengths of early Christianity. It behooves our modern families and society as a whole to remember the value and healthy outcomes from “dinner time.”
Good food + Good Conversation means a healthy culture” – Castlegar Selkirk College student at a Dinner Basket Conversation