Driving through my small village on the North Shore of Long Island, something entered my mind, certainly something that I have thought about before.
There is a food craze today in society. People from many cultures use food as a way of gathering with family and friends. Food is the center of most celebrations, traditions and religious holidays. Italians, traditionally enjoy “the “Feast of the Seven Fishes” on Christmas Eve. When the Chinese celebrate their New Year, traditionally spring rolls, dumplings and fish
are on the table. Hot dogs and hamburgers are a staple item at a Summer barbecue in America. African Americans enjoy catfish, jerk chicken and collard greens for Kwanzaa. The Jewish holidays are always associated with matzah ball soup, blintzes and gefilte fish. South Asians enjoy Dahi vada (lentil dumplings) in a spicy yogurt sauce during Ramadan. Millennials are focused on experiencing every type of cuisine and seek out the healthy alternatives at a fair price.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes
New multicultural restaurants and food establishments are popping up everywhere. In my small town, we have an amazing array of food choices if you choose to dine out or order take-out. I only need to drive or walk ten blocks to find cuisine representing over a dozen different cultures:
- South Asian Tapas
- Southern Barbecue
- Sushi & Hibachi
- Italian Restaurants & Salumerias
- Chinese Restaurants & Take-out operations
- Irish Pub Food and Taproom
- French Bistro
- Indian Fusion
- Greek – Sit-down and Take-out restaurants
- Argentinian Steakhouse
- Afghan Grill & Kebob
- Yogurt & Acai Bowls
- Bagels & Deli
- Coffee Houses
There are more options becoming available seemingly every month. There is something for everyone. The real beauty of the diverse set of food options is that it ends up bringing together people from all walks of life. Food is a common source of conversation and tradition. Food is a passion for almost everyone, whether they enjoy cooking, entertaining or just indulging.
Our society today is as diverse as the food that we eat. Diversity and “The Changing Face of America” is something we all should be aware of. Businesses grow through diversity, people learn more when surrounded by diverse people, and children become more accepting when they go to school in a diverse community. Food and diversity go hand in hand… both are meant to be enjoyed, shared and serve as an opportunity for growth and togetherness.