Countless studies show that sitting down with your family for a meal is good for your well-being. It’s good for your brain, it’s good for your health and it’s good for your soul. If science doesn’t convince you to make the time to break bread with the ones you love, then maybe listen to a man of the cloth.
Rev Run, known to many as frontman of the legendary hip-hop group Run DMC, is showing the rest of the world how to get families back to the dinner table with his Cooking Channel show, Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers.
“I was just trying to put something together where we can have a good time together and keep the tradition alive with sitting down with family and eating,” Rev Run says. “That’s the point of Sunday Suppers. For me, it’s to find that one day that we can enjoy each other, and I don’t have to feel like my whole week is just an empty house.”
When the Cooking Channel approached him about doing a cooking show, Rev told them he wanted to do something different. With his six kids getting older and starting to live their lives outside of the house, Rev and his wife, Justine, wanted to give them a reason to come back to the nest, even if it was for only one day a week. From there Sunday Suppers was born; the second season is underway.
Each episode of the show features recipes designed with purpose, mixing new twists on passed-down family favorites, such as Aunt Chelle’s Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese and Grandma Simmons’ Savory Shrimp and Rice. The show also allows Rev to do something nice for the people close to him, like creating a special gumbo dish for his older brother, Danny. “So I had to get myself a beautiful recipe and put in my special ingredients,” Rev says. “He loved it. So those are some of the highlights for me.”
As he juggles multiple TV shows, DJ gigs and preaching the good word, Rev Run knows that lives can get busy and hectic. If you can do anything to bring your loved ones closer together, that can only strengthen the health of the family, he says.
It's all about togetherness
“The key to a happy family is being together,” Rev says. “At the end of the day, it’s not the food that makes it fun. It’s good to have food, but there’s something about getting together. There’s something about knowing that everyone is coming over, the hours leading up to and after: football games, the music, people ringing the bell, smelling the food. It’s all about the togetherness."