Round Table discussion

The news can contain all manner of depressing and discouraging items. I am proud to be discussing a topic as straightforward as food and eating.

The simple concept of sitting around a table and sharing news is something that we do at dinner time when we manage to organize the time to all sit down at the same time.

Perhaps if there were a bit more of this happening in political circles (everyone around the table, that is – not just some of the people) then it might be easier to resolve issues than it is when some members of the group are in the back room doing side deals and others haven’t sat down to catch up in ages.

You may think I am trying to oversimplify the issue, but there is scientific data to show that relationships benefit in a concrete manner from the quality time spent around a dinner table on a regular basis.

Adolescents who have this experience score better in test results than those who do not. They also have less of a tendency for depression and more of a tendency for healthy living (healthy weight, regular exercise).

In an age when everything moves at mach speed, I know the idea of sitting down to dinner nightly can seem daunting, but we need to make the time for this to be a priority. It could very well save our families.

King Arthur of Camelot is probably the most famous fellow to host a round table. It is part of the legend that his creation of a round table as opposed to one with a “head” would allow every man seated equal status and respect.

Researchers today believe that King Arthur’s Round Table was not a traditional dining table, but rather more of a vast structure made of stone and wood that could accommodate a much larger group. Since Arthur would be speaking to many followers, often close to battle time, he needed more space.

You may feel like you are heading into battle some days, but a round dining table that seats six or eight should still do the trick for solving family problems.

Even just getting everyone around it is a good start, and then having a discussion can work wonders to get everyone on the same page. It’s easy – you just have to go around the table. (I feel like there should be a “bad-um pa!” after that remark.)

If we could get some round tables in the cafeteria at the houses of Parliament and make everyone there sit down to eat at the same time, they might talk out their differences over dinner. By the time they got to dessert, they could be spending their time in the House working on new improvements.

I wonder how much it would cost the government to commission round tables?

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


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