November has arrived and with that comes more falling leaves, colder weather and the beginning of the holiday season; a time to share moments and memories with loved ones. As Thanksgiving draws near we are focusing on something that everyone can relate to, food. Food nourishes the body but also has the ability to sustain the soul. In countries around the world, a meal is an event praising family and friends, not a race as it so often becomes in our daily lives.
Anyone who has spent time with Christine and her family knows she delights in dining experiences. She prefers restaurants that encourage savoring your meal while lingering and conversing over each course. The restaurant’s interior plays a significant role in the experience which when properly executed equals the food. The colors, textures and patterns specified for restaurants are studied and chosen carefully. For example, yellow is a harsh color that may cause someone want to leave a space quickly, while one is more likely to eat a larger meal when it is served on a red table. Blues and violets are not as visually palatable while greens are relaxing. Being mindful of these psychological cues is something that successful restaurant designers have mastered.
A few of Christine’s favorite restaurants include Per Se in Manhattan and locally she loves L’Albatros, Edwins and Gigi’s. These restaurants have warm and inviting interiors and food that is exquisite. A true dining experience is all about comfort and enjoyment over speed and ease. Chefs who master the utilization of high quality, unique ingredients and insightful techniques often will transform the simplest dish into an object of lust.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we encourage you to think of the meal as a true dining experience and a time to cherish with those you love. Decadent dishes are a vessel for great conversation, common interests, and also an opportunity to take risks or think outside the box. Live a little and turn the mundane into the extraordinary this holiday season!
“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about- enjoying things.” – Julia Child