Monday, September 14, 2009

Comfort Food Poll

I recently read a summary of a report by the Center for Culinary Development (CCD) that discussed trends in generational comfort foods. The idea that different generations might crave different comfort foods fascinated me, so I decided to create my own informal poll examining both generational and regional influence on comfort foods.

My survey was simple. I asked people to identify: their generation, their favorite comfort food and where they were raised. I received nearly 100 responses from around the country.

While sweets dominated the CCD survey findings, I found that fats and starches topped the list. Potato and Pasta dishes topped my poll.

My results concurred with the national poll regarding Boomers craving comfort foods that remind them of their childhoods. They were more likely to casseroles, stews and roasted meals.

Gen Xer’s showed the influence of international foods citing Mexican foods like burritos, tacos and nachos.

Gen Y continued the international food trend with Asian food though they also mentioned convenience foods like more readily.

Now it’s your turn to weigh in.
What is your favorite comfort food?
What is your generation? a) Baby Boomer(ish) (1943 - 1964) b) Generation X (1965 - 1980) c) Generation Y (1981 and beyond)
Where were you raised?

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