Apologies for my lateness, you might want to check out this post over at Dawn Treader. He discusses discussion while thowing in the summary of several held at a Pighfest. Though it was a little unclear to me whether a pig was the meal, or just celebrated, or perhaps metaphorical. Check him out.
The Dawn Treader: Notes From The Pigfest: "I opened the Pigfest with a Thomas Aquinas quote that 'civilization is constituted by conversation.' Jefferson, and many others through history, understood the importance of mixing hospitality and conversation in advancing ideas and thought."