Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dear World, KC doesn't have to settle when it comes to dinner

Posted By on Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Perhaps we could just solve all this hate with a Lamars Cinnamon Twist.
  • Owen Morris
  • Perhaps we could just solve all this hate with a LaMar's Cinnamon Twist.
The closest I ever got to being a drummer was being a pseudo-roadie for a roommate in a band, but allow me to start beating the drums in this space. Let me say this as plainly as possible: Kansas City is not a culinary backwater. America, please select another town for comparison with wine country, or any other major metropolitan area, when you need to suggest that even in "x city," something is possible. In a new Reuters piece discussing her cookbook, The Sonoma Cookbook, nutritionist Connie Guttersen chooses to single out Kansas City.

Q: California is blessed with an incredible array of fresh fruits and vegetables. What about those who are not so fortunate?

A: "I am very conscious of menu development and realize that not everyone has access to the same foods that we do here. "The Sonoma Cookbook" has plenty of recipes that use frozen or canned foods, so that if you're in say Kansas City, it still isn't a problem to eat well and healthfully.

I'm not disagreeing with the point that California has an incomparable volume of produce. I'm disappointed by the offhanded manner in which Guttersen seemingly plucked "Kansas City" out of her mind as the first example of the natural opposite.

It's time to get proactive and move another city into the representative example of an awful eating city. Seattle Weekly's Voracious might nominate Tampa, Florida, where "in the late '90s ... cuisine went to die." Living Social users earlier this year gave Detroit, Michigan, the lowest ratings for eating out, in a survey of 20 U.S. cities. News One named New Orleans as the top U.S. Urban Food Desert in the country, in September.

I'll gladly entertain any number of nominees — we could even rotate cities in the same fashion as the Super Bowl. 2011 might have been Kansas City's year, but it would be nice to pass on the mantle for 2012. Unlike you, America, I'm not ready to place all the nation's suck in one place.

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