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What do rich people eat? Culture of food.

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What do rich people eat? Culture of food.

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I was just sitting here thinking about 'stereotypical' rich peoples food... you know the ones they make fun of in pop culture like lobster, caviar, and grey poupon.
One aspect of food and the culinary arts i enjoy the most... is the history and culture behind it! I love it all... ITs gotten a bit annoying lately (hipster combo/fusion foods... super healthy/vegan etc). But I do see its merits.

I notice that these days... There isn't so much a focus on literally rich food... But rather the authenticity and artistry behind it.
Some fine dining establishments actually have themes in their dishes... and go as far as painting a picture or story with it. Like a summer day.. utilizing all senses to create that. The sight, smells and even the textures.

I also notice a trend shifting towards the ENVIRONMENT of all things. There is a type of prestige when it comes to being 'vegan' or eating 'vegan' these days. TAke it a step further... and even SOCIALLY/ETHICAL issues are taken into consideration. Like free trade coffee/chocolate.

What do you think rich people eat?
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Oh you are paying for handcrafted end to end, if you have the money for it. The backstory, the experience. There's this guy in France that just got demoted to 2 Michelin stars because his three-regional-French-cheese souffle tasted like cheddar. He's outraged because he's practically running a pony farm to support the restaurant. They have their own cows and chickens and three trained botanists out in the mountains collecting herbs, and smack, they are accused of using cheddar.

It was carried across a lot of media outlets, but I'll let you read the Daily Mail version because it captures the outrage: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ouffl.html

It's not good enough to have grass-fed free-range hormone and antibiotic free beef anymore, you've got to let people meet the steer. People are ravenous for the story of their food.
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I already know what they eat. Almost everything I don’t get to eat.


This is off on a tangent but shop at no frills or lower tier shops and you see buggies full adulterated, processed crap. Go to whole foods or even Loblaws and you see baskets with organic and non-preserved items.

They even make healthy chips for rich people. Kale chips?

You can argue until you’re blue in the face whether or not these people are merely keeping up with the Jones by adopting this life style but at the end of the day if the stuff they put into their bodies makes them feel infinitely better than to them their increased spending is well justified. Keep stuffing your face with Doritos and hamburgers and feel like shit, well, tou reap what you sow mofo!
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I'm willing to bet dinner at Canoe that the "average" rich family eats the same as the average middle class family. I'm pretty certain they don't have caviar and lobster at the table every night nor are they any more knowledgeable about food than, say, myself. Average rich family will grab Big Macs at McDonald's or pizza at Domino's on junk food day, bake a salmon filet from Superstore on fish day, grill striploin steaks from Loblaws on beef night, and go to St Louis Grill for wings on the weekend. They just might not follow the sales from the flyers or be aware that it's Tuesday Half Price Wing Night as I am.

Passion for food comes from the individual and not the social economic class. So a garbage collector could very well be a more knowledgeable foodie than a rich doctor.
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DiceMan wrote:
Aug 18th, 2019 1:11 am
I'm willing to bet dinner at Canoe that the "average" rich family eats the same as the average middle class family. I'm pretty certain they don't have caviar and lobster at the table every night nor are they any more knowledgeable about food than, say, myself. Average rich family will grab Big Macs at McDonald's or pizza at Domino's on junk food day, bake a salmon filet from Superstore on fish day, grill striploin steaks from Loblaws on beef night, and go to St Louis Grill for wings on the weekend. They just might not follow the sales from the flyers or be aware that it's Tuesday Half Price Wing Night as I am.

Passion for food comes from the individual and not the social economic class. So a garbage collector could very well be a more knowledgeable foodie than a rich doctor.
You're not fooling anyone, Andrew Dice Man. Rich people are not middle class people though although my example would lead some to believe that is what was meant. Truly rich people have staff and a damn chef to prepare their food for them. I don't think doubt they indulge in the occasional McDonalds treat but you can't deny the majority of their meals are really properly prepared. Their kitchen might as well have a menu posted up.
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How rich? They fly in their private jets to dine at the most expensive restaurants worldwide and have their own private chefs at their numerous homes in elite luxury cities like Monaco. They don't watch the sales in NoFrills and Food Basics like me. Maybe I should ask the CEO at my employer whose total package per year is about $50MM ... I've never seen any of the VPs and above at the food courts downtown (actually never see them eat!) Low income - no name brand burger patties, medium income - striploin, rich - wagyu beef in Japan.

It is more expensive for us 95%ers to eat healthy, e.g. a PB sandwich is cheaper than a smoked salmon salad but we can't afford the latter every day.
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DiceMan is correct. Sure, sometimes the items are ordered from Whole Foods etc. but generally the food purchased is along the same lines as the average Joe. Unless people care what other people of means eat they prefer to eat what they want.

I used to place a grocery order for an extremely rich person - I wouldn't have eaten some of the things he had me order yet I am definitely middle class. Taste is not based on social standing.

Well to do people shop at Walmart etc. and love a bargain. I also used to do the bank reconciliations.
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Supercooled wrote:
Aug 18th, 2019 12:49 am
I already know what they eat. Almost everything I don’t get to eat.


This is off on a tangent but shop at no frills or lower tier shops and you see buggies full adulterated, processed crap. Go to whole foods or even Loblaws and you see baskets with organic and non-preserved items.

They even make healthy chips for rich people. Kale chips?

You can argue until you’re blue in the face whether or not these people are merely keeping up with the Jones by adopting this life style but at the end of the day if the stuff they put into their bodies makes them feel infinitely better than to them their increased spending is well justified. Keep stuffing your face with Doritos and hamburgers and feel like shit, well, tou reap what you sow mofo!
To some of us, Whole Foods is called Whole Paycheck.
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The vps don’t have time to sit a food court. They use an app to preorder and then pick up their food in whatever 5 minutes they have free and then eat at their desk/in other meetings.

If they don’t pick up, they have a scheduled business lunch. This has nothing to do with the being rich and everything to do with the quantity of work they are expected to plow through each day. No leisurely food court lunches...plus going to a food court invites any employees that spot you to ask you questions and try to solicit info/feedback/chit
chat etc when all they want to do is get 5 minutes to stick some food in their mouths between the 20 meetings they have scheduled that day.
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gemenichic wrote:
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The vps don’t have time to sit a food court. They use an app to preorder and then pick up their food in whatever 5 minutes they have free and then eat at their desk/in other meetings.

If they don’t pick up, they have a scheduled business lunch. This has nothing to do with the being rich and everything to do with the quantity of work they are expected to plow through each day. No leisurely food court lunches...plus going to a food court invites any employees that spot you to ask you questions and try to solicit info/feedback/chit
chat etc when all they want to do is get 5 minutes to stick some food in their mouths between the 20 meetings they have scheduled that day.
What type of food do you preorder? Big Macs or something expensive and healthy?
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I don’t preorder. I’m ok eating fruit and yogurt I can grab at a local grocery store for lunch or if, I need to grab something hot, I grab soup, (though not from the ridiculously overpriced soup nutsy, which reminds me of Tim Horton’s soup from 15 years ago).
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Supercooled wrote:
Aug 18th, 2019 7:47 am
You're not fooling anyone, Andrew Dice Man. Rich people are not middle class people though although my example would lead some to believe that is what was meant. Truly rich people have staff and a damn chef to prepare their food for them. I don't think doubt they indulge in the occasional McDonalds treat but you can't deny the majority of their meals are really properly prepared. Their kitchen might as well have a menu posted up.
Well, there is an incredible spectrum that defines "rich people". From "anyone who has more money than me" to the mega billionaires with $80M homes, $200M yachts, and Lear jets. I think the average VP of a largish company making a couple of hundred k a year will eat more or less like me. Bill Gates might have his own chef, nutritionist, and fitness consultant. Though, I still think it's the individual. I hear billionaire Prez Trump likes to eat well done steaks - Christ sakes.

Hey, good guess, BTW. Andrew IS my given name!
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DiceMan wrote:
Aug 18th, 2019 9:40 pm
Well, there is an incredible spectrum that defines "rich people". From "anyone who has more money than me" to the mega billionaires with $80M homes, $200M yachts, and Lear jets. I think the average VP of a largish company making a couple of hundred k a year will eat more or less like me. Bill Gates might have his own chef, nutritionist, and fitness consultant. Though, I still think it's the individual. I hear billionaire Prez Trump likes to eat well done steaks - Christ sakes.

Hey, good guess, BTW. Andrew IS my given name!
Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have been well known to show up at some random local burger stand, and line up like anyone else.
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DiceMan wrote:
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Bill Gates might have his own chef, nutritionist, and fitness consultant.
I recall a documentary on TV (might have been Biography on A&E) about Bill Gates where the final scene was after some event he spoke at... the crowds all gone, and he's all alone on stage sitting on a stool eating a hamburger out of a brown paper bag.

Doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy Michelin starred meals in exotic locales, I'm sure he does. But he's probably eaten burgers all his life and becoming a multi-billionaire doesn't have to change that.

Kind of like if I got lucky and won a billion dollar Powerball jackpot in the US. Am I going to suddenly stop eating at Five Guys, Shake Shack, In-N-Out, and Chick-Fil-A? Nope. Of course I'll knock some Michelin 3-stars off my bucket list, (starting with the famous Jiro Ono from "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"), but I'll still enjoy those burgers and chicken sandwiches.
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Aug 18th, 2019 10:35 pm
Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have been well known to show up at some random local burger stand, and line up like anyone else.
When Barack Obama was president he frequently had his motorcade stop for burgers at Five Guys. Same thing.
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