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Caterer hits on a truth
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This is fun stuff. The Democrats are going to have their convention in Denver, CO. Of course, among the myriad of things to plan and do is feeding the throngs. And how has the host committee approached the job. Heh ... well, just as you might expect:
Fried shrimp on a bed of jasmine rice and a side of mango salad, all served on a styrofoam plate. Bottled water to wash it all down.

These trendy catering treats are unlikely to appear on the menu at parties sponsored by the Denver 2008 Host Committee during the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Fried foods are forbidden at the committee's 22 or so events, as is liquid served in individual plastic containers. Plates must be reusable, like china, recyclable or compostable. The food should be local, organic or both.

And caterers must provide foods in "at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white," garnishes not included, according to a Request for Proposals, or RFP, distributed last week.

The shrimp-and-mango ensemble? All it's got is white, brown and orange, so it may not have the nutritional balance that generally comes from a multihued menu.

"Blue could be a challenge," joked Ed Janos, owner of Cook's Fresh Market in Denver. "All I can think of are blueberries."
Come on Ed, you do this for a living - it says "blue/purple". Think eggplant.

No fried foods. No plastic/styrofoam containers. Multi-color foods which must contain a minimum of 3 of 5 mandated colors. Organic. Local.

I don't know, sounds so very "Democrat" to me.

One caterer, upon reviewing the requirements, ironically stated a truth which seems to go to the heart of many things Democrats propose:
"I think it's a great idea for our community and our environment. The question is, how practical is it?" asks Nick Agro, the owner of Whirled Peas Catering in Commerce City.
Indeed - Colorado has a very short growing season for local produce. As with most things the Dems propose, it's going to cost a bundle:
"There is going to be sticker shock when those bids start coming in," he says. "I'll cook anything, but I've had clients who have approached me about all-organic menus, and then they see the organic stuff pretty much doubles your price."
And there folks, in a microcosm, is Democrat politics on display for all - infeasible, impractical, costly and in the end, accomplishes little except cause people to feel good. Later they'll duck away to the local Burger King for a filling bite to eat.
 
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An Absolute concrete example of the lefty mindset. Naive, idealistic, impractical, and ultimately self defeating and dishonest.
 
Written By: kyleN
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
Like all the socialist ideas and ideals that they’ve been trying to sell us for, well, for forever... they never seem to want to take part in the socialist/leftist/enviro-whackjob hell they prescribe for us mere peons. This is an aspect that gets under reported by the press, I think.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Wow... I had wanted to attend this convention, in the hopes of perhaps live-blogging some of the events, and so I could tell my kids (God forbid) that Daddy was at the Great Denver COnvention Riots (not to be confused with the Great Denver Superbowl Victory Riots)...

Now that I learn what food will be served? I’m thinking I might want to pass...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Indeed - Colorado has a very short growing season for local produce. As with most things the Dems propose, it’s going to cost a bundle:
Also, due to that short season, supply is very limited.

This MASSIVE increase in demand will do more than double the price, it will tripple it at least, as prices rise to reach equilibrium...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Argo the Whirled Peas caterer:
I’ve had clients who have approached me about all-organic menus, and then they see the organic stuff pretty much doubles your price.
Not only that, but when it comes to organic beef, that stuff pretty much doubles your methane output as well:
[O]rganically reared cows burp twice as much methane as conventionally reared cattle – and methane is 20 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2.
Also, before conventioners start waltzing around feeling good about themselves, they should consider all the fuel and acreage required for their organic indulging:
Organic potatoes use less energy in terms of fertiliser production, but need more fossil fuel for ploughing. A hectare of conventionally farmed land produces 2.5 times more potatoes than an organic one.
Not that Democratic Convention goers are likely to be in any danger of consuming actual steak and potatoes, organic or otherwise, but still.

In any case, the biggest concern about the Democrats’ menu will have to be whether "other countries are going to say OK" or not.
 
Written By: Linda Morgan
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Since when has cost or extra effort and inconvenience been a concern of political hacks*? The money is not coming out of their own pockets, and someone else is doing the work.

* I originally wrote ’Democrats’, but these days that attitude seems to be bipartisan.

 
Written By: timactual
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I had the opportunity to go to the grand opening of the Newseum in Wash. DC, and among the appetizers served by the strolling waiters were truffled macaroni and cheese served on individual porcelain spoons (like Japanese soup spoons) and mini Kobe beef cheeseburgers. I missed the hummingbird tongues. I hope it is not just me, but I found both of these items quite ridiculous. The waiters seemed a bit nonplussed when I laughed, but they are used to dealing with the more sophisticated Washington crowd and my peasant-like gaucherie must have discomfitted them. They certainly must have concluded (correctly) that I was a rube from the distant suburbs, more acustomed to feeding at an Outback Steakhouse than dining at a decent restaurant with real cuisine. I must admit the open bar was nice, except that one of them was out of scotch.
My thanks to the many suckers, er, that is, donors and sponsors who made the event possible.
 
Written By: timactual
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It is worth noting that the last successful Democrat presidential candidate was the one who preferred Big Macs and French Fries.

How patriotic can a convention that would ban hot dogs (not enough colors) and french fries (fried) be?
 
Written By: Phelps
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heh.

When I first glanced at the post headline I thought it said "Carter Hits On A Truth."

 
Written By: Aldo
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infeasible, impractical, costly and in the end, accomplishes little except cause people to feel good.
Just like Repbulican Iraq policy, except it "causes people to feel dead."
 
Written By: Retief
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Kind of like the Clinton Justice department policy of dealing with Branch Davidians eh Retief?

Care to see how long we can play this game?
 
Written By: looker
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Hehe

I thought it said Carter also and had to find out what truth he accidentally stumbled on.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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Retief, back to your default cluelessness, eh? But like all progressives, always eager to offer up a giggly bon mot. What a waste of carbon.

 
Written By: Grimshaw
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Just like Repbulican Iraq policy, except it "causes people to feel dead."
Except that the Iraq policy is feasible, practical, and may end up accomplishing much . . .
 
Written By: Don
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Except that the Iraq policy is feasible, practical, and may end up accomplishing much . . .
Just ask Speaker Pelosi... :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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FWIW, the Filipinos have a little steamed cake called "puto"* that in one of its variations can be made with a purple yam called ube. Ube puto are delicious and quite brightly purple. Ube can also be used to flavor other things, like ice cream.


* Yes, I know what that means in Spanish. Good thing it’s not in Spanish. Didn’t stop my husband from getting beaten up at bake sales when he was a kid though.
 
Written By: Wacky Hermit
URL: http://organicbabyfarm.blogspot.com
Beluga Caviar can be a nice blue colour. Might not meet the local requirement, but definitely organic.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
URL: http://warisforwinning.blogspot.com/
"Good thing it’s not in Spanish."

You sure? The Phillipines were a Spanish possession for about three centuries.
 
Written By: timactual
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