Recently, I read a piece on Serious Eats that seriously resonated with me– it promised to change my life, WITH PASTA. Pasta is basically my favorite food after cheese, so if there’s a way to change my life by eating more of it, I’m interested. In the piece, writer Sarah Grey talks in almost spiritual terms about what seems to be a sort of secular sabbath: the community created around what has become a weekly tradition of an open dinner party that centers around meatballs. Simple idea, simple meal, huge impact.
Being that I, too, tend to speak in fairly spiritual terms about the power of a shared meal, I immediately wanted to try it. I shared the idea on Facebook, and a bunch of people replied that they’d be interested in such a gathering as well. So, I decided to make it happen. I started looking up meatball recipes. I checked our schedule. And I posted an open invitation on Facebook for the first 10 friends who wanted to join us. All the spots were taken within 24 hours. They include people I see all the time, and a few that I have only barely met. And yet I’m looking so forward to spending time with all of them, and finding out if these meatballs, which I already made, are any good. Tonight is the night!
Do you share my belief in the life-changing, community-building power of a shared meal? Do you have any regular traditions involving gathering around the table?
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