After so many years in the art world, where pretty much everyone is an arrogant, up-tight competitive asshole, I am continually amazed at the open, genuine, giving and caring nature of pretty much everyone in the food industry. From the very beginning of The Foodie Project I have been welcomed behind the scenes of great restaurants, merchants, artisans, chefs and farmers. Perhaps in the world of food there is a deep understanding between its practitioners that food binds us together, brings us great joy and nourishes our bodies, minds, our souls and our communities. Perhaps this understanding of our interconnectedness breeds a more welcoming mentality and a more authentic joy in the act of sharing (food, time, information, enthusiasm, etc.).