Tavern on the Green is a former sheep barn that Robert Moses, in 1934, turned into what would eventually become one of New York’s most famous restaurants, under the management of great names like Joe Baum and Warner LeRoy, and with cameos in films like Ghostbusters and Wall Street. It’s one of the few New York hangouts that an out-of-town culinary novices could name with ease, which probably explains why it was once America’s highest grossing independent eatery — a title it could very well claim again, as it currently feeds 900-1000 guests on weekdays, and up to 1,700 on weekends.
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On September 9 I posted about Todd Staples, Texas’s Agricultural Commissioner, who flipped out when schools in the little town of Dripping Springs decided to participate in the “Meatless Monday” movement. You know, we’re talking Texas and beef! (it’s what’s for dinner) here.
Well, he resigned last Thursday:
Texas agriculture commissioner Todd Staples announced on September 18 that he will resign his office, an announcement that comes 10 days after he wrote an awkward editorial calling the Meatless Monday initiative a “carefully orchestrated campaign.”
According to his announcement, Staples will transition out of the position within the next two months, and will become president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.
Following the controversy, a nutritional fact sheet on the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website, which gave equal credence to beans as a source of protein, mysteriously disappeared on or about September 14.
I guess implying it was a giant, sinister (no-doubt liberal) plot to encourage kids to eat beans one meal a week did kind of make him look like he was drinking some sort of secret sauce. Now he can move on and make the Texas Oil and Gas Association look dumb too.
Food That Will Kill Us: Obama’s USDA, in the Hands of the Corporatocracy, is Making Our Food Inedible and Our Planet Unlivable
Ah yes, Obama’s USDA:
Despite the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans and more than 50 members of Congress, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted final approval to a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops on Wednesday [September 17, 2014].
According to the agency’s own findings, the move could result in up to a sevenfold increase in the use of an older, more toxic herbicide known as 2,4-D, a compound used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The new GE crops, also known as GMOs, approved include Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soy. These crops were developing to survived sprayings of both glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, and 2,4-D.
As an aside, to those who say Obama’s a great guy but his hands are tied because of the Republican-controlled House and the Republican do-nothings in the Senate, what say you about this? This is his USDA.
“The USDA’s approval of these crops is proof that today’s destructive, industrial agriculture model, based on a system of GMO mono-crops, is a failure,” says Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica. “Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these ‘miracle’ crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?”
Elementary Schools in Tiny Texas Town Join Meatless Monday Movement, Texas Ag Commissioner Flips Out
Well folks, I’d say this makes it pretty clear that Todd Staples, Texas’s Agricultural Commissioner, works for the beef industry, not for the people of the Lone Star State. Kids liking salad? Fruit? No way!
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas — “Meatless Monday” is just what it sounds like: A day without meat. It’s a trend happening across the nation, and Dripping Springs ISD is trying it out — and cooking up some controversy.
The international campaign encourages everyone to skip eating meat one day a week. Advocates say it can improve people’s health and the health of the planet.
On Monday’s menu at Rooster Springs Elementary School: cheese pizza, black bean burritos, vegetarian chili, cheese nachos and more.
The cheese sauce is made with real cheese. It comes from Land O’ Lakes, and it actually has incredible value as a protein product,” said John Crowley, director of Dripping Springs ISD’s Child Nutrition Services.
He said after talking with other school districts, including one in Los Angeles, he decided to give “Meatless Monday” a try.
“With more parents and kids asking for vegetarian choices, we just decided to give it a try in Dripping Springs for a year,” Crowley said. “We’re definitely not against meat. This is a pilot program we’ve decided to try this year and see how our kids do with it.”
It’s happening at the district’s three elementary school campuses, and it’s getting good reviews from some young critics.
“I think it’s pretty good,” said 10-year-old Avery. “They used to have a salad bar and I used to eat it every day instead of getting meat.”
But wait, yep, Texas’s Ag Commissioner is having a fit because the elementary schools in teeny tiny Dripping Springs, Texas (pop. 1,788) are going
meatless beefless one day a week:
But “Meatless Monday” is drawing criticism from Texas Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.
In an Austin American-Statesman editorial, Staples wrote, “restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools.”
He calls the meat-free campaign “an activist movement that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — tarting [sic] with Mondays.”
Actually, maybe we should thank good ol’ Todd Staples. He undoubtedly promoted the Meatless Monday movement more by raising a stink about this than would have happened if he’d just kept his mouth shut. Sheesh. But thanks Todd!
What a great idea! And as a food bank volunteer, I say thank you! to Boulder’s Community Fruit Rescue.
Our mission is to inspire Boulder residents to harvest, share, and celebrate the bounty of our urban forest.
When a homeowner is overwhelmed by the bounty of their fruit trees, they call on us to mobilize a team of volunteer pickers. The harvest is split three ways: 1/3 is offered to the homeowner, 1/3 is shared among the volunteers, and 1/3 or more is delivered by bicycle to local organizations feeding the hungry in our community. Everyone wins!
(Another way in which this helps is that this time of year bears come down from the mountains looking to pack in the calories prior to going into hibernation. On average three bears are killed a year here in town (often leaving cubs behind who can’t fend for themselves) so the more we remove the food that attracts them, the better.)
I love reading bad restaurant reviews, especially the few-and-far-between ones that don’t soften their language and beat around the bush when they obviously hated the place. Here’s one of the best I’ve read yet, from Ryan Sutton over at NY Eater, about the famous Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York City:
Those numbers themselves mean the Tavern is a de facto gastronomic ambassador for the Big Apple, an unfortunate phenomenon for a venue whose $22 mac ‘n’ cheese is real prison slop. And when the waiter upsells you into topping it off with salmon — because what’s better than oily fish to pair with cheese-y, mushy, pasta — you’ll have spent $32 on what is surely one the worst things anyone can eat outside of Rikers.
This could be a turnip. This could be a potato. This could be anything,” my companion says of the roasted Japanese eggplant, devoid of flavor. Gruyere and goat cheese sandwiches, two tiny halves for $14, boast more grease than a lube job. Mushrooms, nominally affordable at $9, still overpriced because they’re the same criminis you could find at a supermarket for $1.50. They sit in bowl above a slice of baguette to soak up all the juices. Except there are no juices.
You go Ryan!
Keep reading. At the end the author calls it a “shitshow.”
Want: This T-Shirt from Snorgtees: “That’s too much bacon. Said No One Ever.”