If you’ve tried coming by the restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon lately, you may have been unpleasantly surprised to find us closed for something we’ve been calling “Family Meal.” We’re spending a little time every week gathering together as a team to study and talk about the food system and Egg’s place in it. We’re clarifying our sense of mission and deepening our understanding of what food can do in a culture. Our first month of Family Meals has focused on the ideas that animated Egg from the beginning—the writings and lives of people like Edna Lewis, Wendell Berry, and Eliot Coleman, Alice Waters, and Michael Pollan. We watched the food-movement classic Food, Inc one week and talked about the importance of transparency and seed sovereignty; another week we spent discussing Wendell Berry’s classic essay “The Pleasures of Eating.”
When you’ve spent a long time in the middle of a movement, as we have, it can be easy to forget the electric charge that comes from first encountering the ideas of someone like Wendell Berry or the writing of Edna Lewis. It’s been exciting to see the greener members of our team light up when we have these conversations, to hear their ideas about how we should adapt our work to fit a changed world.
We’re hopeful that the time we spend having these conversations will make the time we spend cooking and serving food more meaningful–not only for us, but for you as well.