Sharing plates: What’s it all about?

The Killers once sang, ‘Are we human? Or are we dancers?’ But maybe that should have been ‘Or are we diners?’

Think of a dog with a bone. Go near the bone and you’ll likely have a nasty bite to show for your trouble. Thankfully, humans are not apt to bite you if you go near their food (well, maybe there are one or two exceptions to the rule, but you get the gist!).

No, humans not only are willing to share their food, the majority enjoy it more when sharing. It’s kind of in our DNA and has been part of our culture for thousands of years.

Food is key to our existence, but there’s much more to it than that. Food is often the earliest shared experience with a future partner. It’s a reason to meet up with friends and it’s also a reminder that we’re lucky to be able to do what we want to do with the people we do it.

In a cave near Tel Aviv, there is evidence that ancient meals were prepared on a hearth so people could meet, greet and eat together. The cave is more than 300,000 years old. The bible phrase ‘break bread together’ is another example of how important the sharing of food has been to mankind.

And we’ve been doing it all our lives. Who didn’t hold a tea party or make a mud pie as a kid? And what do we do on special occasions? Have a celebratory cake that we slice up and share in celebration. You’ve probably not thought that much about it before, but it’s ingrained on our lives from birth. Some religions leave food by the graves of those who have recently departed, in the hope of sharing beyond life.

So, sharing is everything and it is enjoyable, friendly and brings us closer together.

At TWID, we love sharing plates. In our unique restaurant, it’s part of our DNA and we think it is what good food and great times are all about.

We think you agree and, apologies if we’re spoon-feeding you what you already know.

We just had to share…

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