Elevated Eating : Overview

The act of eating is more than simply providing nourishment; its traditions span across both time and place. Throughout the world, the ways in which people eat serve as symbols for their cultural identities, ceremonial practices, and social hierarchies. The pieces in Elevated Eating demonstrate that culinary objects are often more about the experience than the food itself. They frame both the meal and those enjoying it as something special, raised above the ordinary. Some reflect distinguished wealth and social class while others were used in ceremonial practices. Whether honoring the deceased or symbolizing prosperity, the objects in this collection describe not only the food they held, but the narratives of those who used them.

Things to think about:
How do you celebrate special meals? Are there specific foods you eat or traditions you follow?