By Noemi Plaza
We have heard how important human connection is for our wellbeing. Modern technologies seem to have helped us to be connected to a major scale. Think of how many communities exist online, not saying how easy social media makes it to relate to each other, no matter the distance. While this is amazing when living or having friends abroad, does digital connection make us feel better or more divided?
Which experiences are more memorable; when you talk to a friend over the phone or you meet someone new through social media, or when you get together with people over a dinner table, to share moments, laughs, ideas,…
Tangible moments are those that will remain with you forever.
This is why, when my friend Eva Dixon told me about her plans to host the new Sobremesa Golden Dinner series by Sunday Suppers in her new home city Barcelona, I didn’t think twice.
I didn’t have any idea of what to expect, it just sounded good enough for me that she was hosting a dinner with strangers sharing the same interest; slow living, art, creativity, local production, and of course, the idea of meeting new people was exciting.
Sobremesa by Sunday Suppers is about celebrating friendship and community, and gathering around a table with great food, showcasing local talent, brands and artists.
When I arrived at the location shared by email only one day before the dinner, I was greatly surprised that it was at Eva’s flat in the middle of the charming neighbourhood El Born. I was hosted with a big smile and a hug from Eva and her husband Justin. Instantly you could feel their excitement and generosity, all the beautiful details of the room amazed me.
I was the second one to arrive at a dinner of 14, but people arrived smoothly one after the other and conversations started kicking off. Everyone seemed excited, curious and amazed by how beautiful the room looked.
All tableware was handmade by Eva Kengen, who accompanied us during dinner while explaining the meaning and process behind each piece. Glassware was from Clay BCN, a local interior shop in the neighbourhood. The walls were decorated by the talented artist Mirthe Blussé, whose paintings transmitted a real good energy, making you feel at peace. It was interesting to learn that each painting was inspired by a different fragrance, which she shared with us later.
After a great glass of wine and being introduced to everyone, it was time to sit at the table and enjoy the tasteful menu prepared by Eva and Justin. The meal was inspired by the healing properties of the golden color, with the intention to soothe and nourish our souls.
It was a refreshing evening, with so many stories shared. On my right sat Carmen & Francois, a charming couple super passionate about the slow living movement and founders of SlowMov, a local coffee roaster in Gracia’s neighbourhood. On my left sat Lisa-Jane, an event’s organiser from Ireland that recently moved to the Condal city seeking the sun and great experiences.
In the middle of the dinner, Giada, an independent wellness advocate, invited us for a short meditation with aromatherapy oil to quiet our minds and encouraged us to appreciate the pleasing moment.
The dinner ended with a great coffee tasting by Carmen and Francois, it was a fun ending where we all put our hands on granulating the coffee and learning about their origins and different processes. And not to forget the final treat from Maite, who gave us some goodies from My Skin Barcelona, a local natural beauty brand run by a mother and daughter duo.
During this whole experience, I loved to learn how local production and art remain strong in Barcelona, the city where I grew up. It was worth taking myself out of my comfort zone and meeting all these great and inspiring people.
I left feeling grateful for all the stories shared around the table, and the love and intention that Eva and Justin put on making us feel at home.
If asked which kind of experiences I like the most, my answer is determined, tangible experiences enrich our souls!