Has mom spent too much time in the garden??
So you wanna eat or talk philosophy? Personally, I like doing both..
People gather using the backdrop of food for comfort, company, idea sharing, business, family and a myriad of other reasons. Filling my belly and my brain at the same time is one of my favorite pass-times. Not that i don't love eating in front of the TV as well (filling my brain in a different way), but if i don't have a meaningful meal once in a while, i start to feel like something is missing. Focusing on the food and the people you are with is one way to counteract the isolation of many of our jobs and lives these days (she says while typing on her computer!..) If i was rich I'd probably find a way to eat out everyday with people i liked.
This idea carries me into the preparing of food too. Consciously cooking and choosing your ingredients becomes a way of spreading the love and the nutrients!