Food For Thought
Food has long been known for bringing people together
Whether it’s in the preparation, the cooking or the pleasure of dining with friends and family, food has a way of allowing us to connect with each other. It is the common experience that bonds us and an art that requires true immersion, time and appreciation.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” -Virginia Woolf
The importance of eating together:
When we gather together to eat, we create an environment conducive to conversation. We relax, and we open-up as our senses are tantalised by flavours, textures and smells. Food can leave us feeling uplifted and inspired and fosters a sense of creativity in all of us.
Sharing in this experience draws out our innate desire to connect. And when we connect, we feel secure and comfortable in our own skin. This in turn empowers us and boosts our confidence levels in all facets of our lives.
“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher
The importance of good food:
We must eat to survive. Food is our fuel. But it is not just our physical bodies that benefit from good food, it is our entire being. When immersed in the whole experience of food, we can feel satisfaction on many levels, from our physical senses and the nourishment of our bodies, through to fulfillment of our inner most core.
It is no wonder why leaders in team building offer events around food and cooking. They understand the unique benefits these activities can bring. Inspiring creativity and improving communication and collaboration, teams also walk away having learnt more about each other’s personalities and their strengths and weaknesses. Combining learning with a unique cooking experience also provides consolidation of company culture; the driving force behind innovation and growth.
Here's food for thought:
With all these benefits it is a wonder that despite working fewer hours, millennials spend less time on food prep and are most likely to have purchased ready-made meals. So, the question must be, what are we prepared to sacrifice for convenience?