Can food be
used to bridge the gap between countries?
In a recent article in The Globalist Stephan Richter suggests that the answer is yes. In his article “The Tragedy of Turkish Food” he states “The pathway of
Turkey's integration with Europe would have been different if it had been led
by Turkish food. ” I love the idea.
After reading his article, the
concept that food (and drink) could shape impressions of a country was on
my mind when I attended the 10th Annual Pinot and
Paella tasting last weekend,
www.pinotandpaella.com. It was a delightful event outdoors on a warm
summer afternoon. Local wineries offered
samples of their wines, all versions of Pinot Noirs. These wines are made from the pinot noir
The name is derived from the
words for "pine" and "black". Made in central California the wine itself is
still considered to be linked to the Burgundy wines of France.
Paella, is a rice dish that is often
thought of as the national food of Spain.
More precisely it is the dish of the region of Valencia. At the
tasting over a dozen restaurants presented their interpretations of the special
Spanish dish. After enjoying a few
samples I decided it would be smart to get on a plane and taste the real
My afternoon of touching France and
Spain through food and drink confirmed for me that It isn’t just meals shared with
people form other places that can bring us together. When we sample their cuisine
we feel a connection, that we know something about another place. What will you eat that will inspire you to
travel to taste the authentic version of a local food, connect with the people who created what you