November 16, 2020

Why Online Dinner Companions May Be the Cure For Loneliness

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As a single person, I tend to either skip dinner or grab a quick snack. I suspect this is a pattern a lot of us have. Family dinners are now reserved for special occasions and holidays. I don’t know about you, but I know that when I am dining with someone, I will make better choices, set the table, take my time, and digest.

I can’t stress enough the importance of the ritual of dining with someone.  Eating is shoveling food into your mouth, dining is sharing with conversation, laughter, and companionship. It is often something we take for granted. 

Holiday time is hard for lots of people. The pressure to preform, buy gifts, making too many dishes because its tradition, its overwhelming. I gave that up years ago. Not seeing family, I get it, because that's me too. I invite you to take a step back and consider this. It's not perfect. Its a pivot, but a good one.

 In this time of Covid, the need for connection is more Important than ever. It is for me. Its easy for someone like me to fall in to the routine of not bothering.

One bowl, two spoons. Easy enough. Let's do this. Make a dinner date with a friend, regardless of time zones. Work out a plan to dine together via the internet. It is not quite the same as in person but has the same powerful effect.

Personally, I don't care if you make a scrambled egg, This is not about making an impression. Sweat pants, no bra...this is a come as you are party.

You know I talk about what is Culinary Medicine all the time. But maybe the medicine isn't what we eat, but having someone to eat with.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, tea date or coffee, When are you free?

A little food for thought, Stay safe.

Laurel Herman
CHEF & CULINARY EXPERT
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