The History of Wellness Culture in the Kitchen

Summary: The American history of wellness culture began with Native Americans and merged with the arrival of European settlers. Our approach takes this concept into the future.

American kitchen culture…

… is reflected within our history. European settlement meant new cuisine was introduced that merged unfamiliar spices, herbs, and cooking styles. This allowed styles to continue expanding well into the 20th century, and of course, beyond. The heart of American colonist cuisine started with the merging of Native American and European cooking methods. Diets at the time were supplemented by hunting, grown vegetation, and traded goods. While modern in their approach, colonists were limited to specific trade routes tied to their location. For example, the northern colonies had an abundance of fish and game, whereas the southern colonies had a variety of agricultural choices available for their diet.

History of Food            

Native Americans introduced seafood such as code, lemon, sole, flounder and many more. In the Northeast whales, sea lions, and seals were often used in the New York’s Finger Lakes region cuisine. Crustaceans such as shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and other shellfish were enormously popular in the north and off the coasts. The Native American and European cooking methods introduced grilling and spit roasting of previously unknown meat like turkey. They also introduced the “Stone Boiler”, a method of heating rocks directly in a fire until scolding and then adding these rocks to a pot filled with water. This would heat the water in the pot to boiling, allowing them to cook meat and vegetables. In the Southwestern United States, they used Adobe ovens called hornos, to bake products such as cornmeal bread. Others dug pit ovens, used to steam foods by adding heated rocks or embers at the base with seaweed or corn husks placed on top for a surface.

Smaller populations at the time meant hunting was preferred to animal husbandry. Wheat was prohibitively expensive and as such was rare in the North. Cornmeal replaced wheat in a colonists’ diet in areas with limited or no trade availability. We see compromises like this all throughout the history of food. The price and time requirements to grow, distribute, and prepare a healthy meal can be a daunting task for even the most devote person concerning their wellness goals. For most of the population in modern society our food consumption is often dictated by our available time and local ingredients. All of these methods evolved with technology.

The Rise of Industrialization

Food production and presentation became more industrialized in the Progressive Era (1890s—1920s). With industrialization came the ability to fuse multiple ethnic and regional approaches into entirely new cooking styles. Celebrity Chefs such as Julia Child and Graham Kerr began to emerge in the 1970s with many more following the rise of cable channels, such as the Food Network. As technology continues to develop so should our methods. Currently companies that provide food focus on two factors, quality and taste preference. Here at FTH, we consider your mind and body when designing our meals to specifically accommodate our clients. We take into account common nutrient deficiencies personal habits, and food allergies. Humans may not be perfect but our lunch can be. We use technology to our advantage by incorporating new discoveries into the design of our meals. Modern people have evolving needs that are not met by the previously mentioned methods above. Our food should grow to accommodate us.

Food To Heal Wellness Culture

Our wellness culture at FTH starts in the kitchen, from recipe construction all the way to your office desk, every detail has been considered and accounted for to optimize your lunch experience. This attention to detail shows our devotion to quality produce and service to our clients. Each of our meals are tested for both taste and performance before they even reach our menu. The modern world has given us access to the world’s bounty, isn’t it time we saw more of it at our desk? Each meal is made with fresh organic produce, scientifically formulated to give your body everything it needs. Give your body powerful boosts in energy, focus, and memory retention with all the right foods.

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