Evolution Of The American Foodie Culture

The term “foodie” was first used in print in 1980 by New Yorker magazine’s Gael Greene. That same year, the first Whole Foods Market opened in Austin, Texas. In the Eighties, restaurants became ateliers, bistrots, and trattorias, like New York’s Mezzaluna, which opened in 1984 serving wood-fired pizzas with speck, broccoli rabe, and burrata. When James Beard died in January, 1985, his townhouse became the home of the James Beard Foundation.

From 1985 to 1995 foodie culture matured into a permanent part of American life. Cooking was not just a household chore; it could be a fulfilling cultural pastime.

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