Food. Drink. Friends. Together, they create a recipe that’s more than the sum of its parts.

Think about a meal, any meal. A solo act. It’s satisfying, sure. But throw in the spice of companionship and watch the ordinary turn extraordinary.

Picture a table, family-style dishes laid out. Laughter bounces off the walls, bounces off the heart. Forks dive into shared plates, sipping from the same metaphorical cup. Each mouthful isn’t just sustenance. It’s connection, camaraderie, love stirred into every bite. The pasta tastes tangier, the steak juicier, the salad crunchier. Friendship adds a seasoning no chef can replicate.

Lift a glass, solo, it’s a drink. Lift it in a toast among friends, it becomes a symbol. A swirl of good times, hearty laughs, unspoken bonds. The wine sweeter, beer frothier, soda fizzier. In the company of friends, drinks don’t just quench thirst. They oil the wheels of companionship, make the good times roll smoother, the laughter echo louder.

Food and drink alone, they satiate. With friends, they create memories. If you can’t taste the difference, if you can’t feel the warmth seeping through the laughter and the shared plates, you’re not fully tuned in.

Because in the end, the table isn’t about food and drink. It’s about us. And anything shared with an ‘us’ always tastes better.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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