The Daily Cup – What is Good Food?

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An elderly gentleman sat in a fancy restaurant with his family. His wife had passed away just months earlier and his son and daughter wanted to offer a change of scenery. Service was impeccable and eyes grew wide as dishes were placed in front of the dining guests, one at a time. The first bites were evidently most enjoyable. The elderly gentleman began to eat in his usual, slow and composed manner. He was a very distinguished fellow. After a while, as the waiter began to serve wine, the person sitting to his left asked, “Are you enjoying your meal?” Without so much as a pause to allow the waiter to walk away, the otherwise quiet elderly man blurted out, “My wife would have made a much better dish!” – This is a true story, as related by the man’s daughter-in-law.

American author Kurt Vonnegut said, “You can’t just eat good food. You’ve got to talk about it too. And you’ve got to talk about it to somebody who understands that kind of food.”

What is good food? Is it like art, “In the eye of the beholder?”

Good food begins with the delectable sandwich or chocolate chip cookie that saves the mood and brightens the day in the nick of time, and reaches to the most sumptuous dinner. Not everyone makes a good sandwich or chocolate chip cookie!

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The Daily Cup – Food & Kindness

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Many towns have a food shelf box. Food is kindness when we feed the hungry, but isn’t it kindness, also, in all the ways it is served? The key word with food is, “service.” In restaurants, food is brought to the table. In delis, a person behind a counter has chosen this line of work for the moment, and serves food. Every time his or her hand is extended to place a sandwich, a slice of pizza, a doughnut, a salad and so on in someone else’s hand, this is an act of service and, as such, it is an act of kindness. Receiving food, in this sense, is an act of vulnerability. We get food when we are hungry. It is also an act of trust. We get it from places that have earned this trust. Food puts an interesting set of human relations dynamics on the table, doesn’t it? There is no specific thing to do with today’s Daily Cup. No specific “task” to accomplish. We’re just chewing on these thoughts. Something to think about over dinner perhaps.

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