October 27, 2004


Bite partisan: A half-baked survey wants to know if Democrats and Republicans have different palates (Alison apRoberts, , October 27, 2004, Sacramento Bee)

Caterer Joan Leineke has been serving people on both sides of the aisle for some 30 years in Sacramento.

"The Democrats actually do higher-end stuff than the Republicans; the Republicans tend to be a little more grass roots, contrary to their reputation," Leineke says. [...]

"I think you find a lot more Republicans at chain restaurants - proven, stay-the-course restaurants," says Dan Weitzman, regional director of the California Democratic Party. "You show me a deli, I'll show you Democratic people; you show me a Denny's, I'll show you Republicans."

Election party recipes: Pick from each side of the kitchen (Alison apRoberts, October 27, 2004, Sacramento Bee)
"How To Eat Like a Republican: Or, Hold the Mayo, Muffy - I'm Feeling Miracle Whipped Tonight" by Susanne Grayson Townsend ($14.95; Villard Books) has it all: equal measures of recipes and political commentary, garnished with funny observations.

Townsend wants to set the record straight, right from the introduction: "No, Republicans don't go to the hospital for the food. They go to the country club. Or to fund-raisers. Or to their mothers' recipe files."

She describes conservative cuisine as traditional Midwestern cooking. Among specific GOP dietary preferences: Fish is out, seafood in; salads from the Eisenhower years are preferred over any fancy-pants variations with mesclun or extra-virgin olive oil; meat is a must; vegetables should be thoroughly cooked, no raw edamame allowed; ethnic foods are out except for some Mexican dishes (use Tabasco if you want to get exotic).

In a phone interview, she suggests pollsters might be wise to pay more attention to what's on the plate: "Anyone who is ordering grilled pompano - forget it - that's a vote for Kerry."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2004 4:33 PM

What if you're a conservative living in Kerry country, and you can't find a burger for all the grilled pompano places?

My theory: cookbooks are conservative, menus are liberal.

Posted by: pj at October 27, 2004 4:56 PM

This is a bogus article.

The main differences in food relate to ethnicity. I can assure you that you will eat far better among Nassau County Republicans who are mostly Italian than you will among the WASPy trendnoids of Silicon Valley.

One difference is that Republicans are less likely to accept a waiter's recommedation that a dish which seems to make no commonsense is any good. Democrats may relish dishes that appear to be made from whatever various and sundry ingredients were left over from last night, Republicans are spending good money for their food and want quality. Republicans are also far more likely to eat meat and leave the rabbit food for the rabbits.

Pompano en papillote is a classic French haute cuisine dish no foodie, GOP or Dem, in his right mind would ever refuse.

Posted by: Bart at October 27, 2004 5:13 PM

And don't forget, conservatives are more likely to grab a gun, head for the woods, blow the crap out of something, take it home and eat it. At least that's the way it is out here.

Posted by: AllenS at October 27, 2004 6:26 PM

Does anyone know if Kerry ate the goose he blasted the c**p out of? Or is he waiting for Nov. 2nd and Bush to cook it for him? ;)

Posted by: Buttercup at October 27, 2004 6:50 PM

One reason I don't mind living in a Blue city is that the food is great. A few years ago I visited my parents on the West coast of Florida, and never had a meal better than barely acceptable. When they visited San Francisco, they raved about every single meal, including one evening's unplanned Chinese takeout from a supermarket. (Granted, it was a high-end supermarket.)

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 27, 2004 6:53 PM

"The Democrats actually do higher-end stuff than the Republicans; the Republicans tend to be a little more grass roots, contrary to their reputation," Leineke says. [...]

Not surprising. These days the Dems are composed of Our Betters by Birth and Breeding and their welfare-bum serfs, and serfs don't have the money to eat out (except welfare check day).

Posted by: Ken at October 27, 2004 8:24 PM

I am going to my basement and cutting up old boxes.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 27, 2004 9:06 PM
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