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  • Wayne Roberts

    I love the argument and the pics on this.

    My recent book, Te No Nonsense Guide to World Food, opens with a nice phrase from Welsh academic Kevin Morgan about "the convening power of food."
    All people share a need for and pleasure in eating. We can do wonders by building from this common ground.
    In my neighborhood (the Beaches area of Toronto) we really solidified as a neighborhood when a number of breastfeeding moms started getting together,and when they organized a "progressive dinner" just before Xmas.
    I like to encourage movements such as fair trade cities that encourage cities to sign on to promote fair trade coffee, tea and cacao whenever possible -- so that we use a treat to support about 25 million people working on these crops --takes the bitterness right out of the beverage.
    Congrats for picking this as a major step to citizenship and community.

  • Ronnie Das

    Thanks for sharing and glad to see this on a Friday. I'll try it at our company today and let you know how it goes :)

    Most of us are in and out of the office throughout the day so it probably won't stick around except on occasional Fridays and maybe around holidays. Still, its a really GOOD idea.

    A couple months ago asked around and found out my employees were eating really terrible breakfasts or just skipping out on the meal altogether so we have breakfast together every morning which usually leads really well into our morning meeting.

    People are much more active, focused and on point through the day with a good breakfast so we just kept doing it. A little bonus to breakfast was that everyone gets to work on time or earlier :)

    • Slideluck Global

      If the practice does take off, we should share recipes!

  • eleader

    When I was in 7th grade I went to a very small private school with 15 kids in my class. Even at that size there were still several cliques, as middle schoolers tend to do. Each class used to have a classroom that they ate lunch in, rather than a big cafeteria, so the cliques would push desks together and eat separately. It really bothered me and one day my friend and I decided to ask the groups if they would be willing to try out pushing the desks together so that we had one big rectangle of desks, it was like sitting at a big table together. We had such a great time that for the rest of the year we ate like that at lunch every single day. While we didn't all become best friends there was definitely a big shift in the way we interacted with one another from then on. The act of "breaking bread" together can be one of the most powerful acts of friendship, understanding, communication and respect we can do! Such a fantastic idea you had to bring that to the workplace!!

    • Slideluck Global

      Great to hear how the experience translates across age groups. Seeking that sense of communal nourishment seems to be a pretty basic human need!

  • Lindsey Smith

    Yum! So delish. You guys should collect all of the recipes and create a cookbook!

  • Yasha Wallin

    These meals look amazing! Do you guys take turns cooking?

    • Slideluck Global

      We do! Everyone brings their own style to the table.

      • Doris Yee

        Sadly, I read this article while sitting at my desk eating lunch. It brings me back to the school model of having a 30 minute slot dedicated to lunch that breaks the day up into two halves. I think I'd be more inclined to lunch with other employees if we had a proper eating area...where nothing had to be scheduled or planned, it would just happen organically and with different people each time.

        But I agree on every note.