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January 13, 2011

Here in Louisiana we’re deep into Carnival and King Cake season.  It’s that time of year when bringing a tasty, scrumptious King Cake to the office to share with your co-workers replaces bringing the doughnuts.

I don’t know about your work place, but at mine we seem to have all manner of food available in the communal coffee areas or break rooms most every day:  cakes, cookies, doughnuts, and homemade breads (banana, pumpkin, zuchinni) with flavored butters.  We’ve had candy, party mix and crackers with spreads.    People bake items themselves or shop for goodies and bring them in to share.  Everyone knows who’s The Best at baking a specific type of cake or deep-frying a turkey. (I had a piece of peanut butter cake one day that was to-die-for).

And we wonder why our state’s obesity ranking has moved up to #2 in the nation.

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But why do we do it? Why do we want to share food with our co-workers?  Why do we enjoy having the food buffet at the office?

I guess it’s because the act of ‘breaking bread’ together is very communal.  There’s a sense of hospitality when sharing food with others – it’s nurturing, it’s warm and it builds
connections.  So while standing around the Coke machine nibbling on a piece of pound cake may not be the same as gathering around the Thanksgiving table, there are similar elements.  We talk, we laugh and we reminisce.  We create memories.

Kind of a nice thing to do at work.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2011 8:49 am

    I agree that it really IS a nice thing to foster – but if you are on a diet or just trying to eat healthier, could that tradition cause a self-imposed exile from your co-workers? If I were on a diet, I would avoid those nosh-fests like the plague, and probably be labeled snotty or superior as a consequence.

    What to do????? 🙂

  2. January 14, 2011 5:36 am

    You’re right that breaking bread can bring people together. I think that sharing King Cake is even better than most things because it’s such a fun time of year when the King Cake comes around!

  3. Robin Schooling permalink*
    January 15, 2011 8:04 am

    Ah yes – what to do when one shouldn’t/can’t or just knows that one has to avoid the temptation? At times I’ve avoided the unveiling of Sally’s birthday cake or else stood as far from the cake as possible while sipping my water or slurping my coffee.

    Now where’s that Zulu King Cake with the coconut and chocolate….?

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