EcoGastronomy: Nourishing Thanks with a Sustainable and Savory Thanksgiving

Andrea Breaux
4 min readNov 19, 2023

Annie grimaced as she heard the closet door screech in protest. She grabbed the handle with both hands and tugged, but it only moved a few inches. The rusty track was preventing the door from moving. She took a deep breath and pulled with all her might, hoping that the door would finally give way.

“Hey, step back Annie, I’ve lubricant that will help.”

“It’s all yours Mr. Fixit,” she said as she moved out of LJ's way. “When you get the door open, do you mind handing me the tablecloths? I’m starting to get ready for Thanksgiving, and I need to examine them.”

“Sure, this track is not in good shape, so this may take a while. Keep me company while I work on it.”

“Okay, maybe you can help me with the theme this year? I’m thinking about a Kindness Challenge leading up to Thanksgiving.”

“Tell me more.”

“The Kindness Challenge involves.

  1. Before the dinner, prepare small pieces of paper and pens for each guest.
  2. Send a note along with the invite explaining that we would like each guest to be prepared to write a brief description of a kind behavior they performed within the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. It can be sending a card, making a phone call, visiting someone they haven’t talked to in a while, volunteering, donating time, or financial support.
  3. When guests arrive, ask them to write their description on a piece of paper.
  4. Collect all the pieces of paper and put them in a jar.
  5. During the dinner, pass the jar around the table and ask each guest to pick a piece of paper from the jar and read it out loud.
  6. After the description is read, guests will guess the author. Once the author is revealed, they can expand on what they wrote if they’d like.

“So, what do you think?”

“Well,” said LJ as he wiped excess lubricant off the track, “I think it’s a wonderful way to encourage guests to reflect on their acts of kindness and share them with others. We have some very humble and modest friends, so this is a great way for everyone to learn more about each other. It’s also a fantastic…

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Andrea Breaux

Andrea started Healthyhealingeats.com based on her goal to inspire a shift in consciousness that recognizes food-as-medicine as the core of good health.