FOOD IS LOVE

The other day I sent a work email with the closing, "With love"--not "Kind regards," "Sincerely," or a simple "Best."

Nope, WITH LOVE.

And I sent it to three people that I had just met a few days before: a respected director, a renowned baker, and a famous chef/restaurateur. I spent about five minutes freaking out if my closing was wildly inappropriate and what their reaction would be. Then I spent about five more minutes in awe of the fact that "WITH LOVE" was actually what just naturally flowed from my heart to the keyboard and into the ether.

When I chilled out, I remembered that this is simply who I am and what I do: I love. If I were POTUS I would probably still write "With love" on most emails. And decorate them with emojis.

Similarly to my email closings, Seeking Salt comes straight from my heart and life experience. From a working class upbringing to waiting tables during undergrad in New York City, I do not take for granted what is placed on the table and I find great joy in slowing down to enjoy it. My philosophy and practice is that food is love. Food is hard work, nourishment, expression, generosity, diversity, gratitude...Food is love for others, ourselves, and the planet. 

Food is love, which also makes it political. These days there is too much rhetoric of Us vs Them, Mine not Yours, and "earning" basic opportunity or human rights.  It rings the same as the lunch table denial "You can't sit with us." This privileged and aggressive speech is not only blind to the reality that we are all in this together, but ignores the hard work and generosity that people give to their communities and country. 

Seeking Salt is my project to spotlight these issues with humility, humor, and humanity. I'll be seeking out great food and the salt of the earth type of people that work hard to provide it: chefs, food banks, restaurants, immigrants, and farmers, just to name a few. I can't wait to share their stories with you.

So, I hope you'll join me. 

With love,

Tatum 

P.S. This one's for you, Uncle Colin #dumontforever xx

 

My late "Uncle" Colin Devlin, an NYC restaurateur, with his daughter Lulu on their farm in Pennsylvania, Easter 2011.