ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
Plating Grace is a movement to bring families back to the dinner table- away from work, school, TV, games, and the many other things we get caught up in- to share a delicious meal together, communicate and love one another and be nourished- body, mind, and soul. How? With easy lessons, tasty recipes and reasons to come together and share in the love that only a family or friend can provide.
Plating Grace is centered on one fundamental concept: the simple act of creating and sharing a meal can strengthen all kinds of relationships. Research has been done to show that the family that eats (and prays) together will stay together, so it is our mission to give families the tools they need to come together at dinner time and be nourished- body, mind, and soul. Luckily, these “tools” are simply delicious and easy-to-make recipes, ideas for talking together, and prayers to bring God to the table. So join in on the movement and share it with family, friends and even enemies, for the best way to one’s heart is through the stomach, so let us serve one another with Plating Grace….and after meals, too.
About Fr. Leo Patalinghug
What do you get when you combine a former award-winning choreographer for break-dancing groups, 3rd degree Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor, acclaimed chef, TV and radio personality, and priest? None other than Fr. Leo Patalinghug! Raised and currently based in the Baltimore, MD area, but born in the Philippines, Fr. Leo is a priest member of a community of consecrated life, Voluntas Dei. He is the Founder, Host, and Director of Plating Grace, an international apostolate to help strengthen families and relationship through God’s gift of a family meal. Fr. Leo is a best-selling author, and the host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN, which was developed following his dynamic win on the cooking competition, “Throw Down! with Bobby Flay.” He has also established a non-profit organization, The Table Foundation, with the mission to elevate culture and family life, one meal at a time. Fr. Leo travels frequently for speaking engagements and pilgrimages to promote the importance of not what appears on the table, but who gathers around it.
Why We Do What We Do – The Research
MEXICO CITY, JAN. 16, 2009 – It is no more complicated than sitting down together at the table, but according to an economist from the Catholic University of America, simply sharing family meals is key for children’s development. And, the economist suggested, strong families are good not just for the children given life within them. They are also good for the economy.These were affirmations made by Maria Sophia Aguirre, a professor in the department of economics at Washington, D.C.’s Catholic University of America, during her address today at the 6th World Meeting of Families, underway in Mexico City.