Sunday, August 24, 2014

“There is a difference between dining and eating.

Dining is an art. When you eat to get most out of your meal, to please the palate, just as well as to satiate the appetite, that, my friend, is dining.” ~ Yuan Mei 
My "show and tell" today illustrates some table items from fine dining-the water or drink pitchers.  How many now just pour from the plastic bottle or the box?  Even commercials show a family at a table with a giant bottle of soda and a bucket of chicken-not sure that really qualifies as dining, but the 21st century has redefined the art of want fries with that?

So, let us consider my objet d'art of the Victorian table...the pitcher, but first, homage to the Dutch painter Vermeer's "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher"!
The word "pitcher" comes from the 13th century Middle English word picher, which means earthen jug.  It is also linked to the old French word pichier which is the altered version of the word bichier, meaning drinking cup.  The pitcher’s origin goes as far back to the Medieval Latin word bicarium from the Greek word bikos, which meant earthen vessel with compares with Dutch beker, German Becher, and English beaker.
Here a pitcher is a container with a spout used for storing and pouring liquid contents, and it most likely has a handle, which makes pouring easier. A ewer is a vase-shaped pitcher, often decorated, with a base and a flaring spout, though the word is now unusual in informal English describing ordinary domestic vessels. An example of an ewer is the America's Cup given to the winner of the America's Cup sailing regatta match. 

In English speaking countries outside North America, a jug is any container with a handle and a mouth and spout for liquid—American "pitchers" are more likely to be called jugs elsewhere.

Jugs is a word that could cause some issues...telling someone you have some nice jugs...well, you might not want to go there!  Anyway, I have some nice pitchers! 

So, if you want to serve in something other than the can or bottle, stop by...and when it comes to drinking, David Auerbach wrote, "In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria."

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