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Feeding America

Grocery chains across the nation have started to mimic Whole Foods choice of products — all natural, organic, and specialty food items. Because these items are specialty items, they carry a specialty price tag. Is the American economy so strong that people will shell out more dough for groceries just because — or are shoppers more concerned with what their lamb chops were fed and how they were treated while being fattened for the slaughter?

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Thirty new steakhouses have sprung up in New York City this past year, according to a story published in Crain’s this week. People out there are willing to pay well over $100 a head for a steak dinner in NYC — and chefs and restaurateurs have been feeding the frenzy.

Are we willing to spend more money on food today than a decade ago? Is this a new trend that will fade with the economy or a lifestyle choice that will grow even stronger with the new generation?

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