When was the first time you really noticed food? Not the crap your school cafeteria served you or the garbage from a drive through that came with a toy, but the first meal you can truly remember? I bet it wasn’t just the food you remember either, I bet you remember the place you were and the people you were with. Maybe it was an ice cream cone enjoyed on a hot summer night with your first crush, sitting on the boardwalk while smelling the salty air. Or maybe it was a classic NY style slice of pizza, being scarfed down (folded in half of course) while dodging traffic on the streets of Brooklyn.
For me, it was a simple Italian dish of pasta and beans whipped together effortlessly by my grandfather while he told me stories of cooking for his fellow servicemen during the war. I couldn’t have been more than 6 or 7 years old at the time and little did I know that this would become the first in thousands of my fondest memories, all anchored around the dinner table.
Years later, while in college I would cook Sunday dinner to serve to my roommates and friends, trading bowls of pasta and roast chicken for homework and test answers. I enjoyed cooking those meals almost as much as I enjoyed sitting around the table with my friends trading stories from the week prior.
You see, I finally realized it wasn’t all about the food, but it’s about the experience, the story, the inspiration behind the meal and the people you enjoyed it with. So that’s why I founded The Bite Life. There are plenty of places to buy cool, specialty foods. But there is nowhere that brings together awesome unique foods with the stories from their eccentric makers. Hopefully our products will bring you around the table with your family and friends and inspire you in the same way my Grandfathers bowl of pasta and beans did to me.
Michael James Emanuele