I had takeout from EE Sane for lunch yesterday. Their Panang curry defies logic. How can any food taste this good? I’ve concluded Thai food is an “absolute good. “ It brings happiness. I read somewhere that there are four levels of happiness. The most basic, bottom level is stuff that brings instant gratification – like food and sex. In my opinion, nothing is more reliable, or as easily attainable as the happiness that food offers.
I’ve come to realize that sharing a food experience with a coworker is a gift for both of you. The idea that “food is love” (sorry, I gagged a little just writing that) is true even when you don’t make it yourself. “Try this ridiculous buffet at Maharaja” is almost as good as “try this lasagna I made.” It’s still a gift that’s generous and intensely personal. And spreading good cheer with food is easy – it’s almost like cheating. Bring in muffins in the morning and it will make somebody’s day. Slam dunk.
We have a feast day at Core every year to help build culture – usually the week before Thanksgiving (we just had it last week). Everyone brings something to eat and it’s a big deal here – people go overboard with it. I was explaining the event to Charles Collins, our digital services director, a few weeks ago and he said, “It sounds like a pot luck.” Poor misguided soul. In his defense, he came on board in June and just didn’t understand – he hadn’t yet lived it. It’s so much more than that. It’s sharing and team building and a time to give thanks for the people we work hard with every day. It’s a boatload of amazing food, and the dazed, warm, stuffed (and yes, sometimes regretful) feeling when it’s all over.
Six months from now, I may not recall conversations I had on that day, but I will remember Jerry’s sweet potatoes and Regina’s cornbread stuffing and Dave’s bacon-wrapped dates and those feelings will remain with me.
I forgive you Charles.
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Rich Vetrano is a partner at Core and serves as our director of print and digital services. If you didn’t catch it, Rich really likes food.