Food is Culture

“There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.” — M.F.K. Fisher

‘Food’ is a simple word that does not do justice to the complex primacy of the subject that occupies an unrivaled centrality in our lives. Through what we eat, we demarcate social meaning and boundaries. Food determines the rhythm of our daily practices and is the source of our pleasures, sorrows, triumphs and failures. Our very sense of belonging and collective experience within communities revolves around our relationship with food.

Through variations of the universal acts of feeding and eating, each culture illustrates its politics, economies and moral code. The health of our individual bodies, and our body politic mirrors our cultural relationship with food. Dinner is a plateful of identity.

Food sharing creates solidarity and conviviality; the table is a stage upon which we acknowledge and celebrate the creativity and labor of humanity. Through cuisine we transform daily sustenance into emotional, social events. Beauty and taste stand next to nutritional criteria in the evaluation of our collective cultural nourishment.

Time, love and tradition are the ingredients of the culturally rooted, contextual cuisine we choose to serve within Mezze Restaurant Group. We believe that a sustainable food culture honors heritage and takes responsibility for the future.

Special thanks for this essay goes out to Katharine Millonzi, manager, Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. To learn more about Katharine, visit Sustainability at Williams.