Communal Table Dining Comments
Considering taking the plunge — dining at a communal table?
S. Irene Virbilia, Los Angeles Times restaurant critic's recent communal dining experience may be just the encouragement you need.
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so I feel it is a very needed feature on the internet and hope you keep it active...
Bivens (You may have noticed his work which focuses on senior issues, including aging, retirement planning and travel.) strive to balance the lonely aspects of his life as a writer. "I try to get out of the house every day and be social with people I don't know," he said.
Eating out alone helps him "get out amongst them" locally (Coastal Carolinas) and when he's on the road on assignment.
Bivens routinely carries a notebook or something he's working on. "It makes it easier to approach people. They don't mind talking about local issues or travel-related ones."
Even though he's an old hand at solo dining, Bivens admits that dining out alone in the evening remains awkward for him. "When I'm asked, 'Are you alone?' and 'Just you?' it reminds me of times when being social over a meal was easier."
His memories include: eating halls in college where you could "plop yourself down" next to someone who appeared interesting and traveling in other countries where dining out alone was commonplace.
Bivens concluded our interview with these observations:
"This business of eating alone is not so bad for people who have an 'alone' mindset. It's the transition that's tough — going from being married/partnered to being single.
Having to change over from thinking about cooking for others to cooking for one can be disturbing. Discoveries like food packaged differently than what you're used to and cookware suddenly becoming too large are just a few of the challenges.
People undergoing such a passage would truly benefit from being able to join others around a communal table in a restaurant."
Published in the November/December 2000 issue of SoloDining.com
SoloDining.com has long believed that eavesdropping is one of the major perks and pleasures of solo dining!
Excerpt from: "Drama, Served Up on A Plate," by Luis Alfaro (director of new play development at Center Theatre Group and a 1997 recipient of a MacArthur grant) — Los Angeles Times — April 3, 2005