What Does your Food Speak?

potluck food partyPotlucks at my work are the best! From homemade tamales to quiche and fruit, we’ve got it covered. The dishes we share with each other hints of our heritage, hidden talents, and favorite indulgences.  Potlucks are hospitality ‘group style.’ They’re a chance to say, ‘You matter to me.’  Who knew food could speak so much? Well, it can, if you want it to.

What does food speak in your home?
This week, my husband went out of his way to bring home Wild Mountain Blackberry Cobbler from my favorite restaurant after my long fast from such delicacies! That spoke love. Yesterday, we all dug into the refrigerator for leftovers since our kitchen plumbing was torn up. That spoke, hum, real life.

The messages communicated by our family meals will change like the weather, because that’s reality. If I can affect our family’s home climate, I want to make most of their days sunny.

I’ve got time for you. You matter. I thought of you today. Those are the predominate
messages I hope they’ll hear over the course of time. It’s less about gourmet and more about being present, thoughtful, and interested.

A little cobbler for dessert wouldn’t hurt either.

Making a good life, sweeter,



olivia and stephanieStephanie Allen is Co-founder and President of Dream Dinners and a New York Times best-selling co-author of The Hour that Matters Most.
Naturally a visionary and optimist, Stephanie hopes to inspire America through her nurturing voice of encouragement, assuring families…    

“You’re doing a great job!”