One of the mitzvot of Shabbat is oneg to have pleasure. Meals are an important part of the that Shabbat pleasure and celebration and our mitzvah is to enjoy them!
There are many traditional shabbat food customs that have evolved in different communities across the world. To fulfil the mitzvah of oneg requires really appreciating the food that we eat and the enormous effort that went into every aspect of its preparation. Shabbat meals are especially enjoyable if they are free from interruption and distraction. Shabbat meals are pure quality time: bonding with family and friends through talking, eating, singing and sharing words of Torah.