Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Looking at L.A.'s Fast Food Moratorium -- And Its Gourmet Food Truck Explosion

KCET's SoCal Connected is chronicling the latest Los Angeles food trends on this week's show.

Episode, which airs Thursday night at 8 p.m., looks first at whether the City Council's moratorium on new fast food joints has had a positive impact. The results appear to be mixed:

SoCal Connected goes behind the front lines in America’s battle over how to get Americans eating healthier in the story “Food Wars.” Correspondent Angie Crouch heads to South Los Angeles , where a City Council moratorium has kept a freeze on new fast food restaurants for over a year.

South LA—an area plagued by poverty and a shortage of medical services—claims the highest rates of obesity and diabetes in Los Angeles County . But has the fast-food moratorium made a difference in the lives of residents? And how much can—or should—government regulate people’s eating habits?

The program then hits some of L.A.'s fast-growing food trucks:
In “Moveable Feast,” Anchor Val Zavala samples the food from a number of gourmet food trucks, talking to ambitious entrepreneurs eager to turn a profit. Zavala also discusses the surge in food trucks with "bricks-and-mortar" restaurant owners upset by estimates of a 30-40% decline in their businesses when the trucks roll in.

The newsmag, dubbed Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best New Local TV Program” of 2009, airs Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8:30, Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. on KCET.

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