DeathbedFood®’s mission is to share the joy of all things food-related to die for, including ah-mazing foods, chefs, restaurants, video, film, art and more. What began as a food blog in 2011, is now a company leveraging my nearly 20 years of sales and marketing experience with an unbridled food passion to provide DeathbedFood experiences for all.
So what is DeathbedFood®? First, don’t let “Deathbed” scare you. It’s not about death at all. Instead, it’s actually life affirming … celebrating food stuff so good, that if you had it today, you could die happy tomorrow.
A foodie to the core, I’ve said ”OMG! This is DeathbedFood®!” throughout my entire adult life when I’ve lucky enough to have had ah-mazing food or wine. It’s become so ingrained in my vocabulary that, naturally, I thought everyone said it. Then it dawned on me that maybe everyone doesn’t. So I began to think I coined the term. But when I visited my parents shortly after starting the blog, that notion was swiftly destroyed when my Dad said:
“Oh yeah, I remember making that up.“
My Dad, Inventor of the “DeathbedFood” Movement
I was SHOCKED!! That had been MY saying since forever … I thought it was just the dramatic flair and edge I’d developed … but no! It was simply me internalizing HIS edge and sense of humor. Once I got over that blow, I asked him if I could video him explaining its origins but it didn’t go well:
Me: “Hey Dad, could I please make a video of you telling us how you came up with the term?”
Him: “No, this isn’t really a good time.”
(Hours later) Me: “Hey Dad, so do you think we can make that video? We don’t have to use it if you don’t like it.”
Him: “I’ll think about it but not sure.”
(Day later) Me: “Hey Dad, please, can we just try the video – I swear I won’t use it if we both don’t love it!!”
Him: “No, I don’t like that stuff.”
Me (thinking): “WHAT?! Is this my educated, successful, hard working, articulate father sounding like a 12-year-old who doesn’t want to eat his veggies?”
So, once again shot down by the parents with technology (see “Where’s The Love At?”), I’m left to relay the story to you second hand …
Several years ago when I was in high school (let’s just say the B52′s were big), my parents were having dinner at a lovely neighborhood restaurant in Larkspur called the Blue Rock Inn where my Dad had ordered the Halibut Rosemary. He declared to my Mom: “This is so good it that it could be my deathbed meal!” While I wasn’t there to witness that dinner, he later bantered the term around as we had other breathtaking meals – so much so that it became a dynamic, living list of food experiences for our family.
Part of what struck me about his telling me this story (beyond the fact that I thought I had invented it), was that it clearly demonstrated what a “Foodie” family I came from. That my Dad could recall the details of a dish he had decades ago is 100% consistent with the passionate focus we as a family have always had around food.
I think it’s best to close with one of my favorite quotes, by Virginia Woolf, who said:
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
And a big thanks to my Dad, the true Founder of DeathbedFood®!