|“Do you have plans for dinner?”|
|Food has significance beyond being life-sustaining. Now most folks fall somewhere on the range of having a love/hate relationship with meal prep, but one thing that we can all agree on is that food brings people together. Recently in my life and in the lives of my “home team”, there has been a lot of “tough” and a lot of “hard.” Have you felt the same?
Friends have been experiencing heartbreaks, moving away, loved ones dying, loneliness, even depression. It’s been a lot. In these moments I find myself searching for words to comfort and ease the pain; sometimes I am at a loss. Walking through a tough circumstance in my own life, I found the most helpful response from a friend to be, “….do you have plans for dinner?”
On another circumstance, a friend on a whim invited four friends over for pizza and to my surprise, each of the woman opened up about deep pain they were experiencing. I had seen these women many times over the past few weeks and had NO INKLING that they had been going through what their words were saying. What is it about food? What is it about being around a table with people that opens up the door for vulnerability?
I think it’s a step away from the screens we stare at all day and an opportunity to see the face we see on Facebook, face-to-face. In our world of “140 characters or less” and posting things for thousands to see, I’ve discovered what happens around a table to be unique and refreshing.
Slowing down and looking someone in the eye and asking, “How are you? No really, how are you?” with no excuse of simply saying, “Fine, how are you,” we are invited to truly be seen (an often scary thought). This is one of the most important things we can do around a table: 1) invite others 2) be seen for exactly who we are.
So next time when you’re small-talking with a friend about the good, the bad and the ugly, why not ask the question, “Do you have plans for dinner?”
My name is Rebecca Currey and I am an avid food-lover! I wouldn’t go as far as to call myself a foodie, because I don’t have a lot of expertise to offer; rather, I am enthralled by the ability of food to bring people together. FoodCircles celebrates this fact and couples it with feeding kids in need. This is a win-win in my book! I am an adventurer who hails from the awesome state of Alaska, pursuing my masters and exploring the great city of Grand Rapids in my free time. I love to laugh, chat over coffee, meet new people and eat food! I have the absolute pleasure of chronicling some of my thoughts about the significance of gathering around a table. So pull up a seat, the table is set and there is a spot just for you —
The results are in. Last week, we set a goal to give dinner to 20 children in need; you stepped up and fed FIFTY-TWO.
Together, we are crushing hunger. This week, the goal is 30. Try a delicious dish on our app or http://joinfoodcircles.org/ to help us get there. #bofo
|GRATEFUL AND FULL|
We wanted to feed 15 − you fed 40.
All without spending $1 more than you already planned to.
In tests leading up to the launch of http://joinfoodcircles.org, we expected about 20% of you to pay more than the $1 for a “Buy One, Feed One” dish. Time and time again last week, you’ve proved the number to be 100%. We together have more than conquered last week’s meal goal. Your passion is visible. We’re still in awe of the “extra mile” many of you have walked to help children.
“The food was good but the experience was delicious.”
“Our manager actually joined us and talked to us about it for 7 minutes.”
This part of the review from from our friend Joe, who broke bread at Pietro’s last week. From him and his girlfriend, came one and two dinners for two hungry children, raising the dining experience from good to grand. As we head into the next few weeks towards Thanksgiving, remember that a sense of gratefulness can be best experienced when you give.
|THIS WEEK’S GOAL|
All Sold Out venues have one maybe two “Buy One, Feed One” specials this week.
In 2012, you test-drove an app that helped you feed a hungry child simply by eating out. But we knew the reality wasn’t matching the idea.
With lessons learned, a beautiful new iOS, Android, and Web app are coming at you Monday. #bofo
What are your dine out “habits”? (when, where do you go, how do you decide, etc.) What’s your attitude toward new restaurants and toward getting deals? Where do you find ‘em?
How does giving back fit into your life? Would you say you give back enough?
We wanted to reveal a couple recommendations a “User Researcher” from UofM named Mo Kerwin gave to us. She hung out with 5 individuals who’d used our old app and captured their thoughts, feelings, and emotions around FoodCircles, dining out, and helping others.
The concept is simple; everyone gets a daily act of kindness, they try to do it, then they get to share their experience with others. The DoGood app (for iPhone and later Android) was launched the summer of ’09 by Jason Bornhorst and a cohort of University of Michigan engineers (Go Blue!). Within eight months, over half-a-million new good deeds had impacted our world.
Another company, Tonic Inc., lined up to buy DoGood. They were quoted with intentions of “making it a massive worldwide movement.” It sounds like a great idea and a simple app. So where is it? How come when we google “dogood app” or search on the App Store, we’re not able to download it?
On May 31st, we sent an email detailing that a “simpler to use” app and site would launch shortly- with new restaurants, “increased transparency”, and a “multiplied” amount of children fed through your dining.
Well, it’s July 9th, and I just wanted to say we’re sorry for not launching it in the elapsed time since. Continue reading
“So honey/sir/son, how was school/work/unemployment today?”
That’s so booooooorrrrroorrorrring!!
Try these instead.
So random question; what’s something you desire in life that no one else really seems to?
(if you’re like me, you’re already thinking of answers you’d have if asked such a question.)
1. Have you ever wanted to chill a drink quickly, but you didn’t want it diluted by melting ice?
Use frozen grapes. If you dislike the sensation of grapes against your lips you can always toss ‘em (or eat ‘em, if you like).
That coveted time between work life and home life. The time to slow down, turn off corporate-world-domination mode, and just be you. The time to crack jokes and trade stories with friends and colleagues, and not be constantly interrupted by, you know, doing work. Patrick in Accounting becomes Patrick the punk-rocking video game freedom fighter. Carol from HR becomes Carol the dolphin-loving motorcycle-expert cupcake queen. During Happy Hour I’m not Mr. Jonathan-Force-to-be-Reckoned-With, I’m just Kumar. Loosen your tie. Take a breath. Let your hair down. Continue reading