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Strength in women

Women share a roller-coaster relationship with other women.  Sisterhood when it’s good, frenemies when it’s not.  It usually revolves around eating together or not.  In grade school and junior high and even in high school, your friends are the girls you sit with at lunchtime.  Conversations and secrets are exchanged, laughter and tears shared, this bonds us, even though the food might be a lowly soggy sandwich.  Fighting and gossip happen during this time as well and frenemies switch tables grabbing their soggy sandwich, they choose to dine with someone else.

As we move out and go away to college, things change.  The dining hall is big and with a food plan you go with your roommates, classmates or anyone headed there.  But dining in general bonds us, makes us familiar to each other.We have a shared experience, ͞may not be besties, but I like you.͟Then the move off campus, running in and out at all times day or night, the best way to eat together is one person cooks too much of a dish, left overs are wrapped in the fridge.  You know you roommate came home because there is a fork in the leftovers and some are gone.  You really like your roommate and don’t have to much time either,  so you grab the fork, chow a couple bites and once again, leave the fork for the next girl.  College, it is unique, but how we bond together during this time!

In our late 20’s, 30’s, 40’s busy with others.  I think about friends and other women but really have no time.  A shared meal is a coffee and a scone and quick fire catch up bonding conversation.   Then observing those in their fifties and beyond, they have time and want to share with other women.  Boys are now men and we may not have one or want one.  But women we connect.  We find our strength to build together to better the world, then we come together to  celebrate our lives and our ͞thrives͟ over our struggles and pain, sharing a meal once again.

Katie O'Reilly
Katie O'Reilly
Truly a trendsetter, Culinary Artist Katie O’Reilly is a wholly unique talent in the overcrowded food industry. Her all-encompassing knowledge of all things food, combined with her artistic passion and educated and extensive palette, and added to the fact that she feeds over 40,000 guests each year, has elevated Katie’s culinary designs to the rarefied air of creativity and flavor profiles that only the top chefs enjoy.


  1. Peter says:

    Not a woman, but have a daughter and wife, so get a bit of insight. Love this take on it!! cant believe you tied it with food, but really, isn’t food involved in almost everything we do??

  2. Vieve says:

    Whenever I finally connect with a friend it’s always the longest meal or conversation on the phone. Due to not having enough time to connect with the girlfriend on a regular basis. So the once in a blue moon of a moment that we connect we hold on longer than if we always saw each other. It’s a great bonding moment to connect and learn from each other.

  3. M says:

    Friends make the world go around. During the toughest times, best moments, and the in between it is always better with someone to share it with.

  4. Dorothy says:

    As you get older you often eat alone because the people you used to eat with are either gone or busy living their lives. But. When you make plans to go with your friends it almost always includes food. Good food makes it even better.

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