Ken Courtney, The Essay

Portland Food Heads has published a new installment of the site’s essay series. Ken Courtney, a waiter and bartender at Bar Lola, is the author of an essay about surfing, hunger and the nature of food.

If we make sense of our lives in story-form, we’re bound to care about the tales surrounding what sustains us. Narrative lifts food from filling to fulfilling. Though my fast had hardly been worthy of Mahatma Gandhi or Kafka’s hunger artist, it was the remembrance of this principle that brought me back down to earth. I noticed that the lingering aromas from the kitchen had once more assumed their full powers of seduction, and after I was handed an IPA – as if on cue – glasses clinked all around and someone simply said, “To life.”