From Saveur magazine, May 2008: "One of the most venerated traditions in the day-to-day life of a student at the University of Cambridge, the eight-centuries-old collegiate institution in Cambridge, England, is Formal Hall, a candlelit evening meal for students and faculty that's held every night during term in the great wood-paneled dining room of College Hall."
Those who choose to attend Formal Hall are required to dress nicely. We could learn much about the importance of mealtimes, rituals, and traditions from the idea of Formal Hall. It's so nice to see that even an institution can value the importance of creating lovely mealtimes. And it's sad that so many families don't. But we do, don't we?