I have grown up in a culture where food is much more than simply what ends up on your table each night. It is a means of bringing people together, of celebrating the company of those closest to you. No matter how big or small the occasion was when I was growing up, my memories all seem to include images of delicious spreads around which people gather, each talking loudly as they pass plates around while filling their own. Today's Mezze spread post celebrates these wonderful traditions, traditions of tasty foods, friends and family and the occasions that bring everyone together.