Topic: The Diverse Cuisine of New York
Specific purpose: To inform my audience about the variety of foods that are available in New York alone, focusing on how that has been influenced by immigrants.
Central Idea: “New York Cuisine” is a melting pot of dishes from many cultures around the world because of the immigrants who have continued to practice their ways of cooking and introduced it to others.
I. I am pretty sure that on a daily basis we do not put a lot of thought into where the food we eat comes from. Mostly what matters to us is the taste.
A. But you shouldn't be surprised that the majority of the foods we eat here in New York did not originate in America.
B. As a matter of fact, “New York Cuisine” cannot be described as “all American.”
II. According to a Time Magazine article, The Census Bureau states that Every 10th person in the U.S. was born in another country, but in New York City it’s every third person. [footnoteRef:0] [0: Vick, Karl. "ONE CITY BLOCK HOLDS THE WORLD." Time. 7/11/2016, Vol. 188 Issue 2/3, p48-49. 2p. 1 Color Photograph]
A. Additionally, 17.2 percent of the state’s population are native-born Americans with at least one immigrant parent.[footnoteRef:1] [1: Analysis of data from the 2016 Current Population Survey by the American Immigration Council, using IPUMS-CPS. Sarah Flood, Miriam King, Steven Ruggles, and J. Robert Warren, Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, Current Population Survey: Version 5.0 [dataset] (Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, 2017).]
III. As a result of such a diverse population, The New York City cuisine comprises of many cuisines belonging to various ethnic groups from all around the world, also known as ethnic cuisine.
A. These immigrants may have left their countries but they brought with them their culture.
IV. I hope that, by the time you leave here today, you will be well informed of the prevalence and influence of ethnic cuisine in New York, as I was after doing my research.
V. Today I will be speaking on how the immigrant population in New York has influenced the food culture of New York, how they have shaped the way we eat and outline a few of the most popular ethnic cuisine that have been integrated into New York’s Cuisine.
(Transition: Firstly I will talk about the influence on New York’s food culture)
I. Immigrants have had a big influence on New York’s food Culture. Daniel Humm world renowned chef and recipient of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: New York City stated that “New York's food scene is truly unique because it is this wonderful melting pot where immigrants from all over the world have brought with them their cuisines and their ingredients.”[footnoteRef:2] The Lexicon of Food defines Food culture as the practices, attitudes, and beliefs as well as the networks and institutions surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of food.[footnoteRef:3] [2: "Daniel Humm Quotes." BrainyQuote. Web.] [3: Long, Dr. Lucy. "Definition...