August 30, 2010

Room at the Table

"Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten, 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook'

On several occasions now, I have had the privilege of being present to watch something miraculous unfold. People, many having never met each other until this particular night, whichever night it may be, show up in singles or pairs, and timidly enter the quiet scene. Libations are poured, introductions are made, dinner is served...and soon the entire space is a proverbial hum of human interaction...laughter, surprise, emotion, delight. Big Table is a non-profit founded by local food writer Kevin Finch to provide a place of appreciation and respite for those in the food and service industry. It is also a place where those who attend get the opportunity to meet the needs of others who also serve in this industry - whether it be something as 'small' as a little pampering manicure for a hard working single mom, as 'practical' as providing furniture for a family new to the area, as thoughtful as flowers for a person going through significant personal trials or as magnanimous as helping with some medical expenses. Big Table is truly a gift that keeps giving, and I would encourage you to check out Kevin's blog or FB page to find out more!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful as always! And what a fun event! Id love to attend sometime!