Sunday, July 15, 2012

Meals Matter for Business and Diplomacy

As far back as the Greeks almost 2000 years the importance of sharing food and drink was recognized.  Stories tell us that for  the Greeks the bonds formed when one shared meals with people outside your family meant that you were linked together, prohibited from fighting against earth other for generations.  Imagine that inviting a colleague to lunch would shape the your life and those of  your children, and grandchildren.

Today the United States Department of State recognizes that shared meals, the food served are valuable tools of diplomacy. It’s a way to showcase ones culture, honor the culture of your guests.  The recent article “Diplomacy Travels on Its Stomach, Too”

makes it clear -- meals matter!