All too often, a meal becomes a perfunctory act in our society. We’re often lucky if, as a family, we are able to accommodate the time it takes to prepare a meal, gather round the table, and then enjoy the fruits (and proteins!) of our labor while taking in the day and the thoughts of our loved ones.
But food should be about nourishing more than merely the biological vessel we live inside. When we sit down to a meal to sustain ourselves, we should be aware that sustenance is about more than just maintaining the physical self. We have to also nourish our hearts and souls, and to do that, we have to occasionally come together with the people we love and process the day so far.
So, if you take a close look at the plates around the table, what do you see? You should see more than meat, vegetables, and carbohydrates. In each of those meals, there is a whole lifetime of thought and progress invested. Every time we sit down to eat, we are processing the sum total of our life experiences up to that point, refueling our bodies to support their continues efforts and movement, and preparing our minds for continuing to travel down the long road ahead.
So, when you look down, when you take in the image contained between your fork and knife, what do you see? Do you see the day’s labors in your meat and potatoes? Do you see your father’s struggle with his weight in his green salad? Does your sibling’s birthday celebration feel adequately joyous as everybody heaps up forks and spoons full of frosting and cake? Food is the cornerstone of any family gathering and every celebration.
We want to reward ourselves for a life lived well, and even more importantly, we want to prepare ourselves for the opportunity to continue to live just as well. Nobody can conquer the world on an empty stomach, and an empty stomach is often indicative of an empty world.
So, we ask that you think of these things each time you gather for a family meal or for lunch with friends. Even when you sit down to eat on your own, take a moment to cherish and appreciate all that has gone into and led up to that moment.
Feed yourself well, and don’t ever limit yourself as you try to enjoy life and nourish your needs. Not enough time to prepare a meal from scratch? We know just the place to get a hot meal without any of the hassle that comes with a homemade supper.
When you come out to Atlas
Steakhouse, we ask that you bring your whole self with you. Bring your whole, hungry self and come prepared to fully explore each of your heart’s desires. We’ve got full menus for brunch and dinner, as well as a wide range of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine from around the world.
So, don’t be afraid to bring a full appetite with you when you come in, afternoon or evening. And, while you’re at it, don’t be afraid to bring the whole family