People talk about food in all sorts of different ways.
They say, "food is love," or "food is medicine," or "food is fuel," or "food brings us together." They say things like "nom nom nom," or "get in my belly," or "give me all the bacon and eggs you have." Hobbits love food so much that they eat 7 meals every day, including two breakfasts! Danny Meyer said that "love is hunger satisfied" and Virginia Wolfe wrote that "one cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."
Obviously, food is important. We all need it. And there are so many sides of food that it would be silly to try to list them all.
One of those sides has always been there, but now it is becoming so much more prevalent, more mainstream, and more understood.
So many people today say, "food is stressful," or "food is isolating." They say "this food could kill me" or "that food gives me hives." They worry about insomnia or chronic pain or autoimmune conditions. Food is all. Food is scary, it's misunderstood because we know everything about it but so little about what drives our own individuality, our biology, our genomes, ourselves.
But every day we are learning more. Food allergies, intolerances, sensitivities, and food-related medical conditions and autoimmune disorders. Food affects us emotionally and chemically, it relates to our depression, our elation, and those days when we're just "meh."
We all need to eat, and we all need to eat well. We want to feel great, we want to do great, we want to be great.
So when we leave the house, when we pay for meals, when we dine with friends, we want those things too.
At dineable, we just say "food counts." And we believe it. And it's true.