5 Ways to Celebrate Your Friends with Food

Good friends are like the broth to our noodles – without them we’re bland, dry, and brittle.

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In celebration of National Best Friends Day, we wanted to share a handful of ways Katherine and I like to celebrate and nourish the friendships in our life through food. If you’ve been following our journey for awhile then we hope at some point you’ve concluded that we love cooking. Well, we love food, and in order to ensure we know what exactly what is going into our bodies, we choose to cook (most of our meals) using ingredients we can touch and smell. For us, food is a universal language that brings people together and breaks down culture and social barriers that can sometimes leave us disconnected and out of touch with one another. Once the food is served, these barriers melt away like a pat of chilled butter atop a sizzling steak (mouth watering yet?).

Good food can turn just about any frown upside down – one of the reasons we’re working to create a better food system by reinventing classic kitchen & pantry staples using real, responsibly sourced ingredients. While this is our vision for Bare Bones, Katherine and I jump at any opportunity to get involved with food in our personal lives too – from patronizing our local farmers market vendors, to sourcing primal cuts of meat from our local ranches, and hosting dinner parties and cooking for friends whenever we can. We’ve even collaborated with local businesses and chefs to host seasonal dinners here in San Diego. We truly care about food, where it comes from, and its impact on our lives – it really can be a source of happiness and abundance, or conversely, a source of frustration and emptiness. So, without further ado, here are our top 5 favorite ways to celebrate our friendships with food!

  1. Host a dinner party

    This is definitely our favorite and most intimate way of nurturing our friendships. You don’t have to put out a 5-course meal either – keep it simple. First, find out whether anyone attending has food allergies, or a “no list” of foods they don’t eat. Then put together a menu and shopping list. Invite your friends over, break out the wine, and get cooking! Katherine and I like to tag team the cooking, working together on timing the courses, and putting out food while it’s still hot – the hardest part! Dinner parties not only give us intimate time with our good friends, but also with each other. Katherine and I rarely get a chance to cook together, so we absolutely love the bonding experience it brings. Preparing a meal together has this uncanny ability to block out everything else in life, allowing us to focus on each other, communicating, and of course, the food.

  2. Make their favorite food

    You’ve probably cooked food for a friend or family member post-pregnancy, after the loss of a loved one, or as a contribution to a party spread. These are some of the common reasons for cooking for others in our society, but have you ever cooked for someone you care about just because? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t, but this is a great way to show your friends how much you care about them. Food is an incredibly intimate experience, and something humans have a very emotional relationship with, so receiving a pan of your favorite lasagna dish can be the emotional equivalent of hitting the lottery. Try it out!

  3. Teach them to cook

    Do you know someone who could use some help in the kitchen? Or maybe you yourself have zero chops in the kitchen? No matter who you are or where you are on the cooking spectrum, we can all benefit from learning new things in the kitchen. Have you ever made pasta from scratch? How about sausage? These are just a couple things that are an absolute blast to prepare with friends! There’s an abundance of resources, books and videos on how to do just about anything in the kitchen, so don’t let a lack of knowledge or experience prevent you from getting in the kitchen with friends and learning something new! Now, call up a friend and get a date on the calendar!

  4. Take them out to eat

    Not in the mood for a messy kitchen and dishes? No worries, there are a million kitchens ready to serve you! Do you have a favorite restaurant? Does your friend? Have you both reached elite foodie level and tapped every kitchen in your city? Katherine and I love exploring new restaurants, cuisines, and chefs. Here in San Diego, we’re spoiled with a year-round growing season and more fresh, seasonal produce than chefs know what to do with. With that said, we’re continually surprised and inspired by the broad range of flavors and dishes the chefs in our city come up with. Dining out is another one of those experiences synonymous with a good time – so do some research on up and coming chefs in your area and take a friend out to celebrate good food and good friends!

  5. Buy them a cookbook

    Whether you actually cook from books or they’re just coffee table decor, I don’t think I’m alone when I say that cookbooks are awesome and we all need at least a few lying around for inspiration. Cookbooks are great tools, and can be used to educate and inspire! Whether you or a friend is looking to learn a new cuisine, eat a specific diet, or simply learn more about technique or a specific chefs approach to food, there’s no shortage of books in the world to support these goals. Katherine and I love collecting and reading cookbooks, and I have several that I’ve read cover-to-cover more than once because they’re so rich with cooking techniques and tips, which is what I love learning. So find out what your friends food interests are and pick them up a copy of something to educate and inspire! We may be biased here, but we definitely recommend our picking up a copy of our cookbook, written by Katherine and myself, The Bare Bones Broth Cookbook!