Sharing a meal is the oldest act of community. It is through cooking and eating together that we foster and build relationships that elevate our daily experiences. Gathering together over food cultivates ritual that provides powerful links to our culture and to those for whom we care most in the world.
Growing up, I experienced this over and over with my parents as we moved from the Philippines to Saudi Arabia and finally to the United States in pursuit of a better life. Food was our gateway and welcome mat in every city where we made our home. Each time we settled, we invited new neighbors and fellow immigrants for potlucks and barbecues. It was through sharing food that we built our communities and both celebrated and mourned life’s milestones. No common language was necessary besides something good to eat. Source