I’d like to end with a final thought before we go eat and drink and talk some more. I think tonight’s subject is important for a lot of obvious reasons. Talking more about food, knowing more about the food of your region, eating more food made by people you know, are all ways to eat better, and eating better is, in my world, a path toward living better. But there’s something else about food, and if you’ve sensed any kind of agenda behind my contributions to the conversation tonight, that agenda has been toward trying to find an inclusive definition for Northern Food, which has traditionally been a very narrowly defined thing. Here’s the reason. We are living in a time when otherness is seen, more and more, as alien, and threatening, and sometimes criminal. It is suddenly possible to imagine the unimaginable: That our greatest gift as a species—communication—will fail us. That we could reach a point in our lifetimes where people on the other side, whatever the other side is, will simply become unreachable. That our arms will never be long enough to gather them back in.