Breaking the Rules of Fine Dining: Embracing Eating with Your Fingers

Mar 27, 2023

Eating with our fingers is a practice that dates back to ancient times and is still common in many parts of the world. While some may find the idea unappealing or unsanitary, there are actually many benefits to eating with our fingers. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history and benefits of this traditional way of eating.

Eating with our fingers is a tradition that is deeply rooted in many cultures around the world. Historically, it was the only way to eat before the invention of utensils. Even in places where utensils are now common, many people continue to eat with their hands as a matter of tradition or preference.

In India, eating with one’s fingers is considered an important part of the dining experience. The tradition is rooted in the belief that the sense of touch helps to stimulate digestion, and that eating with one’s hands helps to connect with the food and appreciate its flavors and textures.

Similarly, in Ethiopia, traditional meals are often eaten with the fingers, and diners use a type of bread called injera to scoop up the food. The practice is seen as a way to promote a sense of community and togetherness.

Benefits of Eating with Hands

  1. Improved Digestion: Eating with our hands can stimulate digestion by increasing the production of digestive enzymes. The warmth of our hands also helps to break down food and aid in digestion.
  2. Connection to Food: Eating with our hands allows us to connect more intimately with our food, feeling its texture, temperature, and shape. This enhances our appreciation for the food and can lead to a more satisfying dining experience.
  3. Cultural Connection: Eating with our hands can be a way to connect with cultural traditions and learn more about the history and customs of different regions.

While eating with our fingers has many benefits, there are also some challenges to consider. The practice can be messy, and it can be difficult to avoid touching other foods or surfaces.  So, when one attends a Gastronomic Ceremony with The Culinary Alchemists, each guest is provided with a personal hand wash bowl filled with cool herb-infused water and their own hand towel.  This way, they can immerse themselves in the full sensory experience without the mess.

In the world of Fine Dining, eating with our fingers may not be accepted at many establishments, but then again, The Culinary Alchemists provide a worldwide unique concept, one that encourages experiencing their creations with all your senses, including your fingers.   Request a reservation and experience a true Gastronomic Ceremony. where you can see, feel, smell, touch, and taste the difference….healthy food created with intention, prepared with innovation, imagination, and lots of love and passion.