Good Food is the Centerpiece of the Holiday Season
The holiday season is once again in full swing and with it comes cooler weather, shiny boxes wrapped with ornate bows, and of course, lots of food. Whether it’s your annual Friendsgiving or an intimate gathering for two, virtually all holiday celebrations come together through (and are facilitated by) the presence of delicious, often time-honored food and drink. Across time, space, various cultures, and pretty much any other way you could imagine, food remains at the center of our celebrations — and not by accident.
One Thing We All Have in Common
Of course, all our treasured holiday get-togethers wouldn’t necessarily cease to exist in the absence of our favorite food and drink — but we’re certain they wouldn’t remain quite as treasured. That’s because perhaps more than anything else, this time of year — and more specifically how we celebrate it— is about togetherness. And while each and every one of us holds different values, traditions, and ideas about what the holidays mean, one thing we all have in common and can come together over is our desire — and need — for good food.
We’re all aware that our physical need for food is a commonality we share, but it’s role in our social and emotional well-being shouldn’t be overlooked. Luckily, the holidays bring about the perfect environment where this essential aspect of our relationship with what we eat and drink can shine. Think about your traditional holiday meal, for example. In some cases, the dishes we prepare are solely exclusive to this time of year, but often the magic they bring lies in tradition and preparation and not as much in the ingredients themselves. And that tells us something important.
See, here at Voyage we’re dedicated to creating experiences with beloved foods that evoke feelings of joy, nostalgia, and comfort. We recognize and value the process of creating good food. And as we see it, honoring tradition around what we eat doesn’t have to mean using the same ingredients as we always have, but producing food and drink that give us those oh-so familiar feelings we know and expect.
Preserving These Foods (and Experiences)
As with many of our favorite things, it’s easy to feel as if our holiday gatherings — and the food that comes with them — will always be there. But if this last year taught us anything, it’s that that isn’t necessarily true. We know better than to take our favorite food and drink for granted, and rather are focused on ways to (re)create those we know and love so they can stick around forever. And while that also may mean changing and breaking from tradition every now and then, we don’t think that’s such a bad thing. At some point or another, we’ve all created and reimagined traditions to meet us where we are.
So this holiday season, take a moment to appreciate the food on your own table and how it has shaped your ability to create timeless memories, experiences, and connections. We’ll be raising a glass to a future of food that lets us continue making that happen, and we hope you’ll join us.