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Sensi Magazine February 2019 - Las Vegas Digital Edition

Jan 29, 2019 02:20PM ● By Amber Orvik

NECESSITY FOR LIFE 

Food encompasses so many meanings for people; most importantly, it sustains our bodies. Still, the subject of food veers off on many paths. It can offer a career, especially for celebrity-driven chefs and restaurateurs. Food generates jobs, from growing to harvesting to distribution to production. Truckers deliver it, sales reps sell it, stockers shelve it, and cashiers process its sales. Let’s give a shoutout to cooks, wait staff, bus people, and dishwashers who keep the culinary industry humming. Food inspires books, movies, television shows, and songs (think “Sweet Cherry Pie”). Several networks are devoted exclusively to food in its many forms. 

The dark side taints food. Watch TLC’s My 600-Lb. Life to witness the most extreme struggles of people who eat to self-medicate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 39.8 percent of adults over the age of 18 were obese and about 93.3 million of US adults were affected by obesity in 2015-16. 

News of migrant workers enslaved, sexually abused, and mistreated is reported by sources including CNN, The Village Voice, Capital and Main, and The Nation. When ABC’s American Crime attempted to explore the many facets of migrant workers with a scripted TV show, its ratings plunged, and the show was canceled. Viewers did not want to watch the plight of those who are instrumental in bringing meals to the table. 

On a lighter note, palates, dietary needs, and culinary wants have transformed. Boxed meals with measured ingredients to prepare and serve at home will continue to grow as a business in 2019. Delivery of any meal or snack, including from franchises such as Denny’s and 7-Eleven, dominates the desires of a less mobile society. Familiar chains such as Applebee’s and Chili’s are losing favor with the dining public, while fast food outlets including McDonald’s and KFC are offering healthier options to keep their customers happy. Food is still very vital, but also being reinvented. 

The culinary scene continues to transform and change in one of the most colorful, diverse, and expansive cities in the world. Thank you for being a part of our Sensi family; I raise my glass and then my fork to you, our readers, as we enjoy the journey together. 

Yours in The New Normal

Debbie Hall // MANAGING EDITOR // SENSI LAS VEGAS 

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