For this Bloggers dinner, the LPQ team had organise tart shells, and a table full of sweet and savoury fillings that the bloggers had to use to make innovative combinations with. And yours truly was supposed to judge them. We all started of very decorously assembling our tarts and taking them to the kitchen to put them in the oven as deliciously topped Tartines and sharing platters were circulated by the kitchen. But when all the tarts were in the oven, we reverted to being foodies. Give a group of food lovers ingredients and they are guaranteed to do something with them! So our enterprising foodies began to use the leftover fillings and bread at the tables to make their own Bruschetas. Not wanting them to fill up, I thought it prudent to move them to the table, where we sat down to the mains we had selected when we came in.
Its been my experience that communal tables almost always result in nights you'll never forget filled with great food, laughter and a chance to enjoy old as well as new friendships. We live such busy lives these days, and with the internet and everything we are so much more isolated than we used to be. So sitting down to a table, breaking bread with a whole lot of people lends a sense of community. And with our growing tribe of Mumbai Food Bloggers this sense of community that definitely grows with each meet we have, each meal we share. Getting to know your neighbours, is often part of the fun, the interaction over food, ("Oh, what's that?" as aplate of something new and wonderful appears in front of you) getting to taste what you did not order from your friends plates, food being shared, forks and crockery clinking, wine glasses tinkling and the conclusion of the meal with the exchange of phone numbers and promises to meet again! As always my fello food bloggers made it a memorable meeting, and LPQ's signature communal tables allowed our rather large group to sit down together at the same table for the first time! The natural wood and rustic decoe of the surrounds and the golden mood lighting lent everything a beautiful patina of warmth and affection.