Slow food means a lot of different things. It’s a movement away from fast food. It’s eating food that is good for you, good for the people who produce the food, and good for the planet. It’s eating locally, sustainably, and seasonally. It’s also taking the time to sit down and enjoy a meal with each other. Food is one of the cornerstones of a culture – what do we want that to be? I’m really hoping the answer isn’t a fast food burger on the run but rather a meal prepared with care that is enjoyed at the table together. Granted we all occasionally need time to veg and decompress, but sitting down to a meal with someone at least a couple of times a week does wonders for the soul :)
I was lucky enough to have this important routine engrained in me at a young age and throughout my upbringing. (Thanks parents :) We always sat down to dinner together, and that made that time special – away from all the busy, distracting, stressful things in life. It’s a time to relax, talk, laugh, and enjoy food (and hopefully a nice little wine) together. Last week I had two things on my Friday schedule: picnic at Jazz in the National Sculpture Garden with friends and cook the artichokes we had in the apartment. It just had to happen, so we made the time to sit down to dinner on a Friday night. Make dinner with your roommate, your family, your significant other! Have a mini picnic with a coworker during the work day or a blow-out picnic on the weekend with all the fixin’s! Simply enjoy eating together.