Rindy and I have been talking about getting a Junta together before the end of the year and have settled on the topic of food and shooting for early/mid December to get the peoples together. The idea is to talk about the sources of food, ethics and eating, the hidden costs of the supply chain, and ways to improve on a societal and a personal level.
We’re going to really try to get a few people with relevant viewpoints and experiences together for this one. One person we know is involved with a start-up restaurant chain that aims to provide fast, casual food that is both healthy and largely sourced from animals raised humanely. Some of the people behind it used to be bigwigs with McDonald’s so it has gotten some industry attention and I think it reflects the eating desires (if not habits) of a growing portion of our society.
Another friend, Matt Timms, runs a series of “takedowns”: chili, lamb, bacon. He’s got some corporate sponsors… is involved in food…. and, I don’t know, I want him to be there because he’s a character and I feel like he’ll have some relevant things to say and will keep it fun. And I also want to plug his upcoming Chili Takedown–The Desecrator (hahaha) at the Bell House in Brooklyn on November 21st.
Finally, I’ve been joking around with a few friends when telling them about this Junta idea that this will be called the “I feel like a loser when I ask if the meat is organic at a restaurant Junta”, but that seems too wordy. But seriously, I feel so effete when I ask some place that. I ate a Williamsburger last night and felt like a jerk when I asked the pretty waitress if the beef was free-range. I felt like even more of a jerk when she just said “yes” but offered no proof. I guess I’m ready just to take it on faith, and the burger sure did taste good. But I was thinking about this feeling and how the trend of ethical eating is growing, but the reason sometimes people roll their eyes at the organic question is the flip side of this ethical eating movement, the annoyingly pretentious aspect of it. This aptly titled essay says people are Grass Fed-Up, and I understand that viewpoint as well.