So I was interested to read this opinion piece, written by my niece Rachel Siegel for her college newspaper, which indicates that the snack deluge doesn’t stop after high school graduation. In it, she describes how every event she’s attended at college so far has involved food, and one was even advertised with the e-mail subject line “Do you love free food?”
Of course, college kids are adults and have to be able to navigate life’s endless treat buffet on their own; offering 18-year olds some cookies to induce them to attend a lecture isn’t the same as plying toddlers with Oreos and Capri Sun juice pouches at a 10am soccer practice. And it’s true that offering food and drink has always been the essence of hospitality.
But somehow it feels like we might have crossed a critical line somewhere, so that it’s now unthinkable to organize an event without providing food, and the food often becomes a key focus of the event when it used to be only in the background.
Take a minute to read Rachel’s piece and let me know what you think.
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