What is it about cooking that brings us together? I just finished a corporate training session where 13 top executives of a big company came together and made dinner. We joked around, I had directions for them, we were well organized, but still it was the cooking that made it happen. Maybe it was the fact that unlike almost everything we do, cooking a meal has a beginning, a middle and an end When we're done we can see something tangible for our work. See, there it is, I made a meal.
We broke into teams and we did some contests. We cooked coke marinated steak and red pepper pasta. There were onion rings, new potatoes and a salad. As they ate I "regaled" the with stories of the wild world of internet video.
But when we were done eating, there was a calmness, a stillness. Somehow working together in groups to bring about a foodie conclusion scratched an itch these executives couldn't otherwise reach. We sat in a calm relaxed silence, only punctuated by a few jokes now and again.
What fun. What a truly fun evening of cooking, eating and being.
Maybe Congress should do more of this.