Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And The Boiled Tofu Was Fabulous

Today's Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic efforts to make this summer's convention "the greenest in history" have caused a few tried-and-true American traditions to be put on hold.

"Among them: No fried food. And, on the theory that nutritious food is more vibrant, each meal should include "at least three of the following colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple, and white." (Garnishes don't count.) At least 70% of ingredients should be organic or grown locally, to minimize emissions from fuel burned during transportation."

"Democrats say the point is to build habits that will endure long after the convention. To that end, the city has staged "greening workshops" attended by hundreds of caterers, restaurant owners and hotel managers. "It's the new patriotism," Mayor Hickenlooper says.

Laura Hylton, general manager of Biscuits & Berries catering, agrees in principle. But
she has been testing her recipes using local ingredients for weeks and still can't get
the green peppercorn sauce right when she uses white Colorado wine. The state's high-altitude wine industry took off in the early 1990s and produces some award-winning labels, but Ms. Hylton says diplomatically, "It's a little...lacking. Our wineries out here aren't what you'd see in California or France."

"Joanne Katz, who runs the Denver caterer Three Tomatoes, will take one for the green team by removing her fried goat-cheese won tons with chipotle pepper caramel sauce from the menu."

No word on what she's replacing them with. But does this sound like a great summertime party or what? DIH can only hope the "new patriotism' spreads to the Minnesota State Fair. She can't wait to try the Steamed Cow Bits on a Stick.

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