68. Set the table for community conversation. After breaking bread with someone, it’s hard to consider them a stranger. That’s the philosophy that informed The Longest Table, a 400-person feast put together by community groups in Tallahassee, Florida, to break down social barriers and get neighbors talking to each other.
While the concept of food as bonding is valid, not everyone likes large feasts nor is a crowd conducive to close personal connections. Consider also offering introvert parties or arrangements where families trade hosting each other. The latter is especially useful across ethnic lines or other cases where people may have quite different cuisines.