Just having come back from a family birthday party where there was more to eat than anyone needed, I wonder why we need food as a bribe to go to networking events? Really, like we all need more to eat. Especially this time of year.
I guess an anthropologist would tell us it has something to do with hunting and gathering. Or maybe food-sharing as a bonding tool. Whatever it is, maybe having delicious, interesting, or varying foods makes the people around us seem more interesting by association.
Seems like most human celebrations include food. So who am I to fight evolution? Food as bribery to increase attendance at events it is!