An attractive table is a good way to start a meal.
The catalans often say “A la taula i al llit, al primer crit”, what comes to be in english something like “Go to the table and to the bed, at the first shout”. Popular culture has very clear priorities in human relationships. One is sleeping. The other is eating. In fact, according to the latest survey about the Uses of Time made by the National Statistics Institute, in 2010, Spaniards spent more than 11 hours a day eating and sleeping. This shows that the table – in the same way as bed – becomes an essential element in our day to day life. Therefore, it is so important to have a good bed as a good table.
In 2010, Spaniards spent more than 11 hours a day eating and sleeping.
And, the fact of sitting at the table is not only a vital necessity but, for centuries, it is also a social event. Sit at the table allows you to do business, celebrations, meetings or is the perfect excuse to discuss any topic. The table is, therefore, a meeting point for family, friends or colleagues. Sitting at the table, often, is also an excuse to share experiences, emotions. A table is the ideal place to take and discuss important decisions. Or, well, simply, is the way to gather those people that you love most. An almost infallible combination: a good meal accompanied by a good wine – if is one from the Empordà, the better – with the people you want.
Sitting at a table it’s like signing a truce with the rhythm of life you carry.
Whether inside or outside, in a large or small table, sitting at the table allows you to set aside demands, commitments and even headaches. It’s like signing a truce with the rhythm of life you carry. After all, just to be able to enjoy for a while of the gastronomy and a good company. A binomial that, as demonstrated over the years, is the best antidote against stress and is a great incentive to promote human relationships.
Xavi Sala, June 26th 2017