Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Adam Emmenecker, chefs, High Life Lounge, Jethro's BBQ, locavore, man vs. food, some other stuff., Travel Channel
Last night saw the airing of the Des Moines edition of famed gorge-tastic eating challenge show “Man Vs. Food” on the Travel Channel. Host Adam Richman visited the High Life Lounge for some Broasted Chicken and Bacon-Wrapped Tots, then traveled to Jethro’s BBQ in Dogtown (that’s the Drake Neighborhood, for those of you not in the know) for a shot at the Famed/Feared 5 pound Adam Emmenecker Sandwich.
The challenge involves eating over 5lbs of food in 15 minutes or less. A fools game that has been attempted many times (and from all accounts, a dozen more shots at the title were made during the episode’s showing at Jethro’s last night) but accomplished by only two people. Two. At the end of the episode we learn that Adam Richman was NOT number three. Not even close, and there is no shame in his game. He came, he saw, his eyes bugged out a little, he ate, he did not win. An admirable effort, but against a too-potent adversary.
We can all rejoice that the Travel Channel has (kind of) finally done right by our fair city, albeit not for its culinary prowess, but for its gluttonous portion-lack-of-control. I, along with many others, would have liked to seen the Heartland episode of No Reservations air with some DeMo footage, but that was never in the cards according to the producers of said show. There was also a rumor that the Food Network show “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” was in town to film, but no footage has aired.
What is my point? My point is a question. What has DSM been doing to warrant such a reaction from the Filmed Food Press? Especially in this day and age of “anything food-related can make a television show,” we should be seeing some sort of feedback from the mass media of not only our rising toward culinary glory, but the fact that chefs from around the country have been relocating (or considering relocating) to our area to be in the midst of the farms and fields that produce the fresh, quality ingredients that they crave. Sure, there are many other cities with great local food scenes, but none of them, in my opinion, come close to having the access to agriculture to which we here in Central Iowa are accustomed. Maybe the producers of said food shows haven’t found the right chef/kitchen/restaurant to feature, only the right food challenges. My challenge to the press: Put us on the map for the food that is happening, not just the portions.
Chew on that for a minute or fifteen.
7 Comments so far
Leave a comment