Food for Thought

A love of food is something that is so ingrained in American culture, especially in the South! My career is in the restaurant industry. I live it every day, and I love it.


Growing up in the South, many of us have memories of helping to wash turnip greens and shuck the corn. Some of us learned how to bake the perfect biscuit, a skill that is invaluable.


Cooking is a favorite pastime from coast to coast. Staying home and learning new recipes was a silver lining of the pandemic for many of us. Exploring cuisine from various cultures and sourcing new and inventive ways to make your favorite dishes was a great way to stay busy during quarantine. Personally, I love finding new Thai recipes. The flavors are always a hit for me. The curry spices are so unique and rich in flavor. And then there’s family recipes and the special tradition of passing down family recipes. Grandma’s sweet potato pie and Mom’s mac and cheese are always crowd-pleasers. Hands down, you know it will taste good at every bite.


Beyond cooking, eating out is another event that we love. Dining out is where things can always get a little more interesting! The foodie trend is everywhere and helped many of us survive the pandemic. Foodies — people whose passion for food and trying new restaurants and dishes is their hobby — have been a driving force in the upscaling of the restaurant world since the mid 1980s. Whether it’s a fun brunch with a group of friends or an intimate dinner with the love of your life, the shared moments and conversations over good food and drinks are priceless. With the launch of new food-related apps like Seated, the dining out experience is expanding in ways that in the past didn’t seem possible. And with the ever-changing market, restaurants will continue to put their best food forward.


Food will always have a special place in my heart. Going to my favorite restaurant or searching for recipe ingredients at the grocery store will always bring a feeling of euphoria to me, one that is irreplaceable. As we grow older and question how we choose to live our lives, let’s make sure we not forget to give food the special attention it deserves.


Dante Rhodes is a founding chief host and lifestyle expert of The Gayly Dose, an Atlanta-based podcast hosted by an all-gay cast. Unique in its mission and follow-on format, weekly episodes are known for their real conversations — featuring real live guests — about things that matter to the community and their listeners. Purposefully candid and brutally honest, the cast speaks on a range of topics including monogamy, body issues, coming out, dating apps, and growing up gay in the church. Listen at