It’s been about a year now since my friends and I decided to start doing a weekly meal with each other. The goal was simple enough, everyone gets together once a week, the host does the cooking, the guests bring the drinks. The idea of the cooking was to try something that you had never tried before, or if not, to at least make a meal that took more thought than plop-and-bake lasagna. What was more important than the food though, was the opportunity to come together as friends and spend some time in a fun and relaxed setting.
The name came from a discussion early on. It was decided that, after the host cooks and serves the meal, the host would explain the meal (with as much detail as was necessary) and the guests would offer a critique about said meal. If it was too salty, if there was an ingredient that could have been added to make it better, if there was under/over cooking, you get the idea. Because of this agreed upon discussion, a certain level of trust was required. You can’t just say “the food sucked/the food was awesome”, that’s too easy. And so, Trust Meal™ was born.
Over the past year’s worth of meals, there have been some successes and some failures, but the intrinsic values of the idea have still remained. We still get together to make a new dish. We still critique the meal. We still have a great time together.
The posts that will follow are going to be a recap of each evening. What was made. Where to find the recipe. What critiques were the most popular, or if the meal was a perfect meal, why it was so good. A general description of what was discussed around the table. Obviously, for matters of exclusivity, only 30,000 foot levels of the discussions will be described. You have to be at Trust Meal™ to know exactly what happens at Trust Meal™. It’s a sort of Fight Club mentality, only the first two rules are going to be bent a bit.
So, who are the players in this Trust Meal™ game? Yours truly, Chris, is not only the author, but also a contributing member.
I started taking the cooking game more seriously about 5 years ago, when I was living with a friend of mine who happened to be an incredible chef as well as an incredible friend. He helped relate cooking to chemistry for me, in the way that different ingredients come together to make something awesome. Being a science nerd in perpetuity, it was easy to become engrossed in the intricacies of cooking.
Curtis and his wife Natalie are also charter members of Trust Meal™.
Curtis and I worked together for about a year and some change, and have developed a friendly rivalry in the kitchen arts. As a grilling guru, he’s always had an edge when it came time to put meat to heat. Yes, that was intentionally awkward. So is Curtis. If you were writing a movie and had to figure out who was the perfect compliment to Curtis, it would be Natalie. She even has some cooking game, and was the first female Trust Meal™ submitter. We’ll get to that soon enough.
Eric and Lindsey are the final charter members of Trust Meal™.
Eric, Curtis and I were all formerly co-workers, until company cutbacks and the like took us in different career directions. Eric and I actually went to training together, where I learned that Eric does not take kindly to airline passengers walking up into the stewardess’ areas and looking around. A life was almost taken on our first flight together. It wasn’t mine.
So, I suppose that’s that for a primer on the blog. Just a few friends getting together to share good food, good drink, and good times. Stay tuned for the next posting, and welcome to Trust Meal™!