FLAVOR PLAY

Introducing flavor play to dietitians in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Dietetic Association.

Introducing flavor play to dietitians in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Bay Area Dietetic Association.

Our senses have profound, yet subtle influences upon the ways that we make sense of life as well as every moment of our lives.

This is why the metaphor taste is used for the experiences of art and music, experiences that, curiously, actually occur via our eyes and ears.

The etymologies of sapience, savvy, sagacity, and flair are further hints that we have something to learn from our everyday experiences of flavor.

Drawing upon the ritualistic quality of a shared meal, FLAVOR PLAY begins with preparing and tasting food with companions. We develop an increased sensitivity to subtleties, thus encouraging a capacity for more nuanced responsiveness, while also, very importantly, instilling a a greater, yet humble capacity to communicate.

FLAVOR PLAY has developed over more than a decade, facilitated by the philosopher-chef thomas marconi phd. The many companions who have contributed to its development include psychotherapists, philosophers, buddhist and somatic practitioners, self-proclaimed foodies, and several young people—all who have participated in flavor play events, both formal and informal.

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