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October 15, 2009



beer toast Celebrations

Why are we here, because we’re here! – Neil Peart

Today was an unusual day at the office. It was the last day for a well liked and respected colleague. After many years of working with this person it is hard to believe she is no longer going to be a part of our team. Come to think of it, I don’t know if I was ever considered part of that team but I digress.

By the way, I think she was going to work in Bayonne. Why Bayonne? Don’t ask, it’s a long story.

What does this all have to do with food and wine?

In the early evening a small group of us met at a local restaurant to drink, joke, reminisce and eat. I paused for a moment and observed what was going on.

The nervous laughter and jokes that permeated the office during the day where gone. The brave faces we wore were down. Everyone one was relaxed and genuinely happy. I don’t think anyone has been this relaxed in several months. Our friendships shone. It felt GREAT!

Our small celebration is just another small example of what is important. Our celebrations are who we are as a culture. What we celebrate, cook and drink is our identity. It binds us a people. It makes this global village we live in much smaller.

Food and drink is the foundation in which we celebrate on. We universally bond and foster friendships around food and drink. Hence the popularity of bars and pubs, duh! I don’t want to sound naive or preachy but please celebrate and celebrate often with family and friends. All to often we forget what is important. The holidays will be here soon. So remember why you get together to celebrate.

Please let me know if you have any recipes or humorous stories you would like to share from any of your family celebrations.

And to my friend… you will be missed, good luck!

The point of the journey is not to arrive. Anything can happen!