The Expensive Eating Habits of a Poor, Socially Conscious Generation of Foodies

Fine Dining

Millennials are choosing to spend half their paycheck to shop at local organic markets, or to dine at some of the city’s most haute restaurants rather than spending their meager earnings on, well, just about anything else. The article explores a new socially conscious generation of  young foodies who are willing to spend it all for a mind-blowing meal with a side of kale.  

From The New York Times

Sometime around 1990 and not too long out of college, I held what memory tells me was my first true dinner party, in a three-bedroom brownstone duplex in Brooklyn, where the rent was approximately $1,200 a month. The menu revolved around a pork loin stuffed with sausage and dried apricots, a recipe that came from “The New Basics,” which along with “The Silver Palate Cookbook,” its predecessor, and the various musings of Laurie E. Colwin would have made up the near entirety of any young aspiring cook’s kitchen library. That evening, we were paying tribute to a friend who had recently begun working as a writer for David Letterman, and in that spirit my roommate and I purchased several bottles of Kendall-Jackson chardonnay for $11 each, feeling very grand about it…Continue reading on The New York Times

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  1. I hope they are being dramatic by saying its 50% of their paycheque but I think two things come into play here:

    1) Finally in North America we are starting to see food as entertainment. Previously it was dinner and a movie, or dinner and dancing whereas now dinner is the main event and so we are prepared to pay more.
    2) We are buying better food. Fifty years ago food was 18% of our paycheque and now it is only 9% and we still complain about it. We SHOULD be paying a lot for food if we care about the environment and our own health.

    1. “We SHOULD be paying a lot for food if we care about the environment and our own health.” We should indeed. I also don’t see why it matters whether one spends their disposable income on food, or whether they spend it on shoes, travel, electronics, etc. At least food seems like a worthwhile “investment” of sorts. Of course it can get absurd now and then, but that boils down to individual choice and responsibility now doesn’t it?

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