I just loved what is said here by Alice Waters. Her words are published in a book by Studio Olafur Eliasson, TYT [Take Your Time], Vol. 5: The Kitchen.
Food as social glue. Eating lunch with your fellow colleagues creates a shared experience. A very important part of being human, feeling connected. Now a meal with 20 + people everyday isn't a reality for most people. My next thought is, should we be making more attempts to access communal eating space? Should the social part of a meal be as vital as food itself? Perhaps not quite that extreme but it's a reoccuring thought for me. Having just finished 2.5 years of eating primarily alone (grad school = not a sustainable lifestyle) and now living with the option of sharing most meals with others, I find it a little out of my comfort zone at times. WHAT?! I admit, I like having my breakfast solo, coffee, and time to fully turn on. But what is gained when someone else is present, asks me to be more present. The food tastes better when I'm not absorbed in a reading a blog, checking my phone, things I often do when I dine alone. Eating by oneself can be ceremonious, no doubt about it. Social eating can be uncomfortable but most often it's a great experience, the best experience. Making an effort to eat more with others, saying yes, is definitely a good thing.