I love this stuff. Get ready, here we go.
The Smoking Gun is reporting that when Bill and Hillary Clinton vacationed at a Caribbean resort two years ago, the hotel staffers were coached with memos outlining the couple's dietary and lodging requirements. Hysterical.
Gael Greene's 2008 predictions are very funny and spot on. Gael is one of my favorite food people and her blog is one of my regular reads. She says that Jeffrey Chodorow and Frank Bruni will have a food fight in Madison Square Park televised by the Food Network. If Bruni loses, he will be required to review restaurants in Des Moines for six months. If Chodorow is the loser, he will be forbidden to open a new restaurant for three weeks.
That’s clever . . . as are her dining trends, some of which are actually happening. I had a conceptual dish at Moto once; it was simply a smell, and I have been served courses into my hand as well—and not just in sushi bars:
"Conceptual Dining will become the rage. The pleasure derived from the dish is found in its description alone. The dish, in fact, does not exist. A small fee will be charged.
Small Plates will give way to no plates, a trend for even healthier portion control. All food will be served on oak leaves, in clam shells or onto your outstretched palm."
She also highlights some new products, such as my favorite one here:
"A breed of black-footed pigs from the southwest of France, fed strictly on foie gras, custom made charcuterie and pork belly from lesser pigs will be marketed each with its own identification number and tag with a picture of the pig farmer’s daughter."
Did anyone see the banned word list that was originally on the Lake Superior State University website? Organic is right there, front and center. And deservedly so. Grub Street chimed in with a sigh of relief as did Slashfood.
Organic should have been a word that meant something. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that we all had high hopes. Instead, it has become an irrelevant term, neutered by alphabet organizations, such as the FDA and the assorted organic marketing boards. It is now a trademark—a bought-and-sold entitlement—and, sadly, something of a labeling canard. Now it is an overused cliché that everyone is tired of. What a shame.