Food = Community

There is something profane about bringing anger to a table when you’re about to break bread. Maybe, if we could just sit down and share a meal with people who think or are different than ourselves, there would be a little less hate in the world; perhaps even a little less war.

I’ve been watching a show that centers around gathering, eating and sharing stories. Many of the stories include missed opportunities, regrets and painful memories but the takeaway is that people from all walks of life can come together to share food and comfort; maybe that’s all we need to make the world a better place. There is a lesson learned during each episode as well as a theme centered on a dish cooked and enjoyed by the characters.

The opening credits always show the main character cooking Pork Miso Soup. I watched this intro so many times that I began salivating every time I saw the pork and veggies hit the hot oil in the pot. I thought that with a little added fresh ginger it would be a delightful accompaniment to RSV’s Pinot Gris. The body of the Pinot Gris holds up well to this hearty miso soup and the flavor of ginger lifts the pear-scented fruit of the wine. The chilled wine with the warm soup is a nice juxtaposition between hot and cold, bright and bold. It’s a nice combination.

The show is called Midnight Diner. Give it a peek. It will make you hungry.

Until the Next Wine….

EAT: Pork Miso Soup with Ginger