I’m not sure if you’ve seen President’s Choice’s new initiative, #EatTogether. It’s basically a push to take a step back from our busy lives and make an effort to eat together. Strangers…together…with food. It’s a beautifully done campaign that will bring tears to your eyes…go watch and then I’ll tell you about what I experienced last Saturday….
Cool, right? Well, what is even cooler is that President’s Choice partnered with CityLine to put together #EatTogether dinners together across Canada. I was lucky enough to get to be a part of the one held in Calgary last weekend. I joined around 60 people at the Coventry Hills Superstore location for lunch. I was invited as were a few other bloggers. Everyone else was pulled from the store’s customers.
Can you imagine? Heading to the grocery store for a few items and next thing you know you are eating lunch with Chef Tom Filippou and Tracy Moore of Cityline. “Excuse me, would you like to join our #EatTogether lunch?” Thankfully a lovely group of people said yes.
While Dewey and I love to get together with people, we (like many) let our busy lives get in the way much too often. It was so cool to sit and chat with people of all walks of life over lunch. The hilarious thing? People aren’t nearly as different as you might think. We met a lady and her daughter who went to Vietnam late last year. It was fun to trade stories about places we both visited while there. We also met a couple who are friends with a friend of ours. It really is a small world.
Of course, for an event like this you have to have great food. We were treated to butter chicken, perogies, Alberta beef sliders, barley salad and lemon tarts. Evan proclaimed the spread “The BEST FOOD EVER!” and said he could eat it all every single day. What stuck with me, though, is that all the food was infinitely doable. These weren’t super complex meals that we sometimes think that we need to produce when inviting people over for dinner. Nope. These were classic, easily made dishes.
The food tasted great but it wasn’t the focus. The attendees were the focus. It really brought home what the initiative is about. Great food and great friends. Together. It doesn’t have to be fancy…you just have to do it. I can’t wait to do more of this during the rest of 2017. I have all kinds of ideas running through my head. Maybe a block dinner. Can you say big table running down the middle of the road? How cool would that be?!?
Oh and the best part? Sharing this with Evan. He totally got what we were doing. “So we’re meeting new people and sharing food? Fun!” Yep, it is fun!
Want to see more of the fun? Watch CityLine on April 24th to see clips of the #EatTogether events across Canada.
How would YOU bring together people with food to eat together? What is your #EatTogether idea? Tell me in the comments!
Disclosure: I was invited to this event so that I could share it with you. As always, all opinions are my own.