Posts Tagged ‘calories’

Slight Recant

September 10th, 2008

O.K. I have a little back stepping to perform.  In regard to caloric information on menus, I have to give the mom and pop shops a break.  The restaurant I work at changes our menu at least once a week, sometime, in seasonal transitions, 3-4 times a week.  It seems an inordinate amount of work to have to analyze every weekly change in the menu.

My chef says that people ought to know that a hefty caloric intake goes along with a cheeseburger; fried chicken is similarly full of calories.

Although I understand the financial and time implications of providing information about your menu to the public, I have to lodge a question.  Whose responsibility is it to provide information to the public?

Of course I advocate learning about the food one eats and making conscious food choices, but it seems to me that providing food (enjoyment as well as survival) to guests also entails educating them. If they want to know, then supply the information.

Perhaps the information does not need to be written on every menu, or even posted somewhere in the house, but having the information for those guests interested in learning about their food intake ought to be obligatory to a hospitality business.

caloric information

September 5th, 2008

In January New York passed a law requiring restaurants to list the amount of calories next to each menu item.  The New York Restaurant association sued claiming infringement of commercial freedom of speech under the First Amendment. (Economist Aug. 30-Sept. 5)

I understand from a business perspective that to change menus costs money, and even more damning is the fact that customers might shy away from many items, even many restaurants, when fully understanding the caloric intake of their food choices.  

Information must be free and open to the public.  Ever since the middle ages, when bakers would add sawdust to bread to make the loaves heavier, subterfuge has existed in the food process.  Americans today need a wake up call.  We need to understand why 3 in 10 Americans are obese, and why we suffer the consequent maladies.  Obesity has now overtaken smoking as the leading cause of death in the United States. (The Little Food Book, Craig Sams 2004).  

Provide us the information and let the market  handle the outcome.