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Yesterday LG covered the aftermath of what is currently Our Fair City’s “Defining Moment of International Culinary Capacity,” the Adam Emmenecker Sandwich challenge as sort-of-tackled by Travel Channel star and Slop Jockey Adam Richman. In the end what/who tackled what/who was lost in the fray of yet another ploy to illicit the help of the city’s “Food Press” to further the global acknowledgement of our locavore-istas and the chef-driven local food scene here in Iowa. We heard from the Food Dude (via my facebook account, you can “friend me” there for more musings.) regarding his dealings with food television producers, and the Illustrious Datebook Diner, who was as inquisitive as ever. Let’s see if we can turn back time and find a way to cull forth her comment…(The following is in no way an attack on DD, but since she summed up many good points in her comment, this is happening.)
[rubs magic jaunty light fixture]
La Bonne Femme: Well, maybe there’s an adverse connection between our “gluttonous portion lack of control” and the finesse/precision/creativity of our cuisine. When quantity is valued over quality, bi-coastal food scouts aren’t going to pay much attention.
I see the point, but quantity is valued over quality in every city around the country, in one restaurant or another. Food Scouts go either to the “Big 5,” NYC, SF, LA, PDX, CHI, or to Places Of Interest As Promoted By Said Places Of Interest. You have to create a “buzz” or “rattle” around your food scene to get noticed, especially in a small market such as Des Moines. This is where the “credibility” of the actual print press can come in handy, hence the call to um…arms? pens? You get the point.
Also, on the chef-driven local food scene, what can you get here that you can’t find at good restaurants in many places? What makes DSM stand out? Lots of cities in the country lie close to agricultural abundance….
All True, except that Iowa is supposed to be the Agricultural Center of this Tootsie Pop we call America. How many licks will it take to get to the center? Huh?
it’s what chefs do with the goods that makes news.
Yes, but it is really what the NEWS WRITERS do with the news of what the chefs are doing with the goods that makes a difference. News is just marketing with a little more credibility in this equation, so get out there and spread the words. There are chefs that are kicking some culinary ass around here, and they aren’t getting the due that they deserve. This is a problem. You can’t get noticed if your head is buried in the sand. Just ask any ostrich.
Don’t get me wrong–I love the food scene here, but I just wonder what you think would be worth the country’s attention, as in, You HAVE to go to Des Moines to eat at __________.
(I have an answer, but you go first.)
Ok, I will go first. In fact, the first draft of yesterday’s nonsense-a-thon included a list. Here is another version of it, in not much of an order:
- Cafe Di Scala
- Baru 66
- The entire Asian Cuisine phenomenon (I realize this is not a restaurant)
- Lincoln Cafe
There are many others, but I am on a time constraint here.
Here is MY point: The writers of Juice, the Register, Cityview, and all other major news outlet type things: Please listen to what I am saying here. I, along with many local chefs and restaurateurs, implore you to use your influence and maybe a little of your free time to lift up the Food Scene. Help elevate it to the “next level” by working with other media outlets, in other cities, to form some kind of partnership…and maybe, now that we have our proverbial foot in television’s door, we can let the world know what is happening in the great city of Des Moines.
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