I'm not saying the experience isn't worth $35 a plate, like most of our fine restaurants in Charleston, I'm sure it's worth every penny. However, for a young couple, calling a $100 dinner "reasonable" is a stretch.
It seems to me that two similar, yet separate, issues need to be addressed here. Yes, the issue of scale facing a restaurant that wants to continue the practice of sustainability is real. As the local movement grows, food trucks to fine dining will need a sustainable growing source. These business minded folks have the intelligence, funding, and resources to achieve that goal. I applaud LLF and GrowFood for their passion and commitment to programs that promote local, healthy food. In conjunction with these wonderful organizations, I have no doubt that South Carolina can be a model of how to achieve a local, sustainable, restaurant industry.
The other issue is cost. While a sustainable restaurant industry will benefit from larger and/or more local farming options, I believe a sustainable food source for low-income families can be developed at a community level. Urban areas and food deserts need more urban farmers to provide inexpensive milk, eggs, produce and even chicken for corner stores. Poor rural areas need an outpost for local farmers to sell their goods. Programs that promote this type of community farming would have a beneficial health and economic impact.
Finally, there is no better place to begin building a sustainable, healthy, connected food community than in our schools. If we want to promote sustainability, healthy eating, locally sourced food, and opportunity, starting young is a must. Imagine the health and cost benefit of a school sourcing a mere quarter of its own food. Programs that mentor children in producing and cooking local foods will plant a seed that could produce our next generation of farmers and chefs.
@mat catastrophe... "Not everyone can do that, because it's mathematically impossible." Thanks for the clarification... I was under the impression that we could all be millionaires and float around on 60 ft. yachts. (Not so) sorry for the sarcasm... I just couldn't figure out another way to address your seemingly random & off topic comment.
And then you have those who are paranoid that the rich are out to get them... Come on man! This is still a country where you can go out and make something for yourself and become wealthy on your own. Don't blame others for not having what you want.
"The number of U.S. households worth at least $1 million rose to 8.4 million in 2010, compared to 7.8 million the prior year, according to a report by Spectrem Group."
Thank you, Libby, for using the word hoagie! Not that any other description is "wrong" (actually, considering we're talking banh mi, the using hoagie probably is wrong) ... anyway, it's simply that the use of "hoagie" is preferable to my eyes and ears.
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