People need food and will travel to find it. Nomadic civilizations moved to find new sources of food and water. Today, we still search for food- to the grocery store, to restaurants, markets, and roadside cafes. And food also travels to us with city food trucks lining up to serve various ethnic lunches to workers. Today we can pick up the phone and order food delivered. Food brings us nourishment, but it also brings us comfort. Its cooking is a skill, a tradition, and an art. It provides us with energy, gives us nutrients, and should be a delicious, enjoyable part of our daily lives. Food sharing is a sign of hospitality. Pineapples often crown the top of buildings as a symbol of hospitality. Did you know that the smell of food cooking was once considered by some cultures as unpleasant? Originally separated from the house, our kitchens now form the center of the house.
Give food some thought!.
Activity 1 – Food on the street around the world!
Hello fast food! In this activity you will research and compare fast food nutrition from three of your favorite fast food restaurants. Gather information about the calorie count and nutritional make-up of the drink, the main dish and the side order. Compare the calorie count of a fast food meal to a meal that you could make at home from fresh ingredients. Also consider the energy cost of driving to and through a drive-thru restaurant. Is this really necessary?
Activity 2 – Food on the Go!
Put your designer chef hat on! Now that you have opened the door to the world’s kitchens create a healthy mobile meal that reuses the packaging of the food items in an ethnically appropriate manner. Consider how the food is carried- by hand, over your shoulder, on your head! Design the presentation of the packaging. What do you see first, second third? Serve at least three different courses in your meal revealed in the sequence of opening. Take a picture of your packaging, its three-course presentation, and reusable packaging concept. Compose all four images on one page labeling the courses. Have a class meal!
Make mobile meals works of art!
Activity 3 – Mobile Meal Recipes
Research and write a recipe for a meal from a different part of the world that you have never tasted. Be sure to label the names and quantities of ingredients and list steps for preparing and serving. Include time for the different stages such as cleaning, chopping, sautéing, roasting, toasting, etc.! Prepare a one-page menu for the meal and decorate it with colors and patterns native to the country of its origin.
Become a global food connoisseur!
Activity 4 – Critique fast food consumption
Hello, fast food! In this activity research and compare food nutrition from three of your favorite fast food restaurants. Gather information about the calorie count and nutritional makeup of the drink, the main dish, and the side order. Compare the calorie count of a fast food meal to a meal that you can make at home from fresh ingredients. What did you find? Which meal is healthier? Which meal is better balanced? What improvements could the fast food retailer make? What changes could you make to your home cooked meals?
- 1. Food is different in different places in the world.
- 2. You should eat 3-5 servings of fruit a day.
- 3. Different cultures eat different foods.
- 4. Food does not travel across the ocean.
- 5. All food chains begin with the sun.