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Good afternoon, tens of readers! It is once again a glorious, warm, sunshiny day here in the DMZ (Des Moines Zone), and word on the public radio waves is that this will be the norm for us central Iowans for at least a few more weeks. This is great news for local cyclists, runners, dog walkists, restaurateurs, donut makers, meteorologists (they won’t be dodging any Frostee’s for a while longer), campers, hikers, kayak-iacs, and especially the Farmers. According to a few sources close to LG the growing season this year “sucked.” The too-wet weather wreaked havoc on planting and maintaining the veggies you crave, but due, to a miracle of nature the crops will be coming out of the fields on time this year, you can read the harvest report here, courtesy of The Messenger. I am happy that these hard working women and men will be able to remove their bounty in a timely manner…and maybe this year the harvest won’t mess with the propane prices too much, and the kids will all be listening to the Wu in shorts well into November.
So, yes, it is nice out. You get the picture. Let’s all rejoice that the weather is nice and that the last paragraph has ended. And so has this one.
Last week a few things happened in the world that were of great importance to the local food scene here in the DMZ. The World Food Prize/World Food Festival took place in the lovely East Village in downtown DSM. The WFP was founded in 1986 by Iowa native and Nobel Laureate Dr. Norman Borlaug, a hero to the nations of the world plagued by hunger. Dr. Borlaug was a great man who is credited with saving one billion lives, more than anyone else in history. He is also the creator of what is popularly known as the “Green Movement.” I urge you to read more about Dr. Borlaug and the World Food Prize at the World Food Prize site. There you can learn about the man, the movement, and how you can get involved, if you should choose to do so.
The World Food Festival is a separate event held in conjunction with the WFP summit to celebrate the diverse reaches of our local culinary tapestry. Each vendor offered a $1 “taste” item along with their regular menu. There were also live demonstrations from local chefs (?), including the Iowa Machine Shed? hmmm. Alohana? Isn’t that a franchise chain? Yep. Oh, and I see my buddy DH was on the roster too. Fun. I’m sure you will agree with me when I say that a certain local chef and blogger should have been doing a demonstration on the stage. Maybe next year. I could demonstrate how to cook something and talk trash it on the interdork at the same time…
And speaking of talking trash on the interwebs
After a soon-to-be-really-obese-television-host went round after round with a local sandwich, the DMZ food press was asked to give a a little piece of there time and influence to help raise national awareness of the food scene that I had, up til last week, thought they were a part of, but I am getting more of a “bystander” feel from a few. That’s fine and dandy. I can see where the mistake was made. Food Critics can eat the food and write about the food, for better or worse, sort of creating an involuntary PR department for restaurants. BUT if you ask your local food writer to maybe possibly “pump up” the things they see as kicking ass on the local scene to other people in other food scenes, that is OVER THE LINE, even though it is just more PR. Journalism, especially entertainment jounalism, at its most basic level is public relations between the news source and the reader? Am I wrong? Should I stop typing with my tongs and read a book about journalism? Am I taking this too far? I heard from the Illustrious Datebook Diner and the Food Dude, but what of the other 8 or 9 folks who seemingly reluctantly write about restaurants for part of their living? Y’all didn’t get the memo? DD, what was that MUST EAT AT spot you were referring to? I gave you mine, time to ante up.
So many questions, so many beatings of the dead horse/brokening of the record. I just want some community to start happening between the writers and the cooks. There is a huge disparity between the talent and work level our local chefs and the recognition they get from the people in charge of recognizing. Cripes, I suppose that just picked another fight. Maybe I should just go back to sharing recipes.
Ok, we have to cut today short, as I am due to help lead “Write Club” in a little while, and I shouldn’t miss my writer’s collective meeting to actually write stuff.
I hope at least some of that made sense-ish.
P.S. I hear that someone has recently earned a Locally Grown Bush League Food Un-writer Award! Will it be a two-peat?
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