A Night With Epicurious and Lidia: Food Is What Keeps Us Alive

by Laura on 10/02/2010 · 3 comments

“Food is what keeps us alive” ~ Lisa Jakobsberg, Food Bank for NYC

Last night, I had the great fortune to attend “Lidia’s Table: Dinner with Lidia Bastianich,” sponsored by Epicurious. She brought her amazing top team from Felidia, Becco and Del Posto to contribute to the courses and spoke to us briefly about the origin of each dish. Held at the Soho Mansion, the top-notch staff ensured each glass was filled with the right pairing at the right time.

A gorgeous evening had by all, infused by meeting new friends, catching up with old ones, laughing and eating.

I’m obseFood Is What Keeps Us Alivessed with dining and food-inspired events of all shapes and sizes, both formal and informal. I adore the culinary culture tours. Why? Partly because I love to eat, but mostly because food is the non-discriminatory equalizer of diverse groups. And dining – the activity – brings people who might never connect in every day ordinary life, come together.

During my recent trip to Ecuador, I had a similar experience – the Hacienda’s guests from all parts of the world came each evening to do something basic and repeatable – eat – and through that activity alone, bonds are made, ideas are exchanged, people laugh. Human nature basics.

A unique part of the Epicurious event was that it was not about indulging at its best – a large portion of the proceeds went to the Food Bank for NYC – definitely take a minute to check out their programs where they not only supply food to those in NYC that need it but teach children and adults about nutrition basics through their innovative program called “Cookshop.”

I love asking people what their favorite food is. And why. It tells a story – it’s not just a statement. What we do with food (eat) and how we relate to it (perceive), makes the “culture of food” so fascinating.

But at its core, “food is what keeps us alive,” the Food Bank’s Lisa Jakobsberg reminded the crowd before we ate.

How very important to remember.

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