As family and friends gather around the table, the holiday gratitude is as abundant as the food on the plate. Even though the celebrations may vary or the distance is farther away than people prefer, a time to appreciate the bounty of people’s lives should be shared.
During the holiday season, FoodSided spoke to many chefs and celebrities. When we finished our interviews, we asked them if they would be willing to share a gratitude or a holiday reflection. Below is a collection of such sentiments.
Every conversation with Carla Hall is filled with moments of laughter and poignant words to contemplate. While some people may have baked him holiday cookies or even tried his cornbread from his children’s book, Hall has a simple blessing that makes sense for any gathering.
During the holidays, his family goes around the table and says, “Bless me and feed me in a way that I know and in a way that I do not know, may it nourish my mind, body and soul. my spirit. For Hall, she encourages people to think about who makes the food and how they do it. As her mother offers a blessing for the hands that prepare the food, she thinks it’s more than that.
Hall said he believes, “Food has energy. When we ingest it, we want it to be nourishing and healing for us. Let the food on the table nourish the heart, body, mind and soul.
While his spirit and demeanor in the kitchen is welcoming, Michael Symon reflects on his family traditions while on vacation, Symon said: “My grandfather always said ‘listen with an open mind and an open heart’ and I do. my best to live by it. He firmly believed that it is more important to be a good listener than to have a million opinions. It has been two crazy years, so I think the better we can listen, open our minds and hearts and understand that everyone’s problems are different, life would be better.
On her Hulu show, Taste the Nation, each episode is more than just an exploration of food and culture. While each story celebrates community, it provides a bridge to connect people in ways they might not have appreciated before.
For Lakshmi, the feeling was simple. She said, “I wish everyone a sweet and restful peace. With the hope that everyone can find a way to “heal our souls a bit.” After such a long effort in recent years, “the collective experience has been deep and deep”, but one that everyone can overcome.
While he could command the scene, Derek Hough shared a thought that may be more of a resolution for a year to come. His statement was simple, but profound.
Hough encourages everyone to “stay curious”. From “being nonjudgmental” to “investing in mutual learning,” this willingness to be curious about each other can help bring people together.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
While some people might watch one of his movies while on vacation, Freddie Prinze, Jr has a simple wish for everyone during the holiday season. Prinze said, “be thankful for the little things.” Specifically. he’s “thankful to be on the safe side of the dirt.” Every morning that I wake up and am on the safe side of the earth is a reason to be thankful.
While he may be forever linked to the bachelor, Sean Lowe is a family man. He said, “This holiday season I am so thankful for my family, the health of my children and my wife. I am also grateful to live in a country that gives me the freedom to seek my own happiness and the freedom to worship as I wish. I couldn’t be more grateful if I tried. So I wake up, so grateful every day.
While many people can sip Red Velvet latte, Dixie D’Amelio has a simple holiday feeling. She said, “I just want everyone to be safe, happy and healthy.”
As the Candy Queen, Jackie Sorkin brought a smile on her face via her show Candified: Home for the Holidays. Like many of his sweet creations, Sorkin wants people to “feel times of joy” and appreciate times when “we can be happy again, hug each other again, laugh again and be dumb again.”
While the season can be filled with gratitude for the holidays, the feeling doesn’t need to fade when the calendar page turns. FoodSided’s wish for everyone is that these hopeful moments of reflection support and uplift all of the days to come.