Foodies for Dean
Thursday, October 30, 2003

Stay tuned for their answer as they are scheduled to be in our Land of Enchantment for three days and will have ample opportunity to sample New Mexico cuisine which always features a choice of either red or green chile sauce.

We are delighted they are coming our way and plan to host them in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos (we're not sure the Donald Rumsfields will be home). They are going to try and fit in Roswell too....(aliens, of course, are also for Dean!).

On a more serious note, Albuquerque for Dean is gearing up to help the Roadrunner Food Bank's Thanksgiving Drive. We hope to have a rally for the DeanStream team during this foodbanking event. New Mexico leads the nation, unfortunately, in rates of hunger and food insecure families.
Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Dr. Dean held a rally in a hanger at Las Vegas airport on his way to appearances in California. The rare Italian fungus was auctioned off for $30,000 at the Venetian Hotel.
The candidate and the truffle drew appreciative crowds as they appeared in Las Vegas at the same time. Otherwise, the two have nothing else in common.

Dr. Dean may enjoy white truffles, we don't know. However, the annual auction netted $134,000 for charity.

You can read about the reception for Dr. Dean at:

The truffle auction can be found:,1,1727121.column?coll=la-h...


New Mexicans for Dean are being encouraged to help raise awareness of this unfortunate condition in our state, as well as, participate in food drives whenever they get together for meetups and other Dean visibility events.

A study released in 2002 showed that 15.87% of New Mexicans are food insecure. According to Roadrunner Food Bank, this year it's even worse.

To read the study and learn more about New Mexico's leading foodbank visit their website at:

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
On C-Span yesterday Bill Clinton was praising a food program initiated by Bob Dole that gives kids in Africa and elsewhere a meal if they go to school. Anyone know what this plan is called and if it is ongoing?
Monday, October 27, 2003
"Toddlers' Diets Too Fatty, Study Indicates" reported in Washington Post, Oct 26, 2003.

What are your thoughts on this latest in a string of news about the obesity epidemic in the US?

Does the Dean campaign have any positions on school lunch reform, fast food nation issues?

Welcome again,to Foodies for Dean, a blog for food topics of all kinds. We are foodies who hope to interest other foodies in the Dean campaign. Also, we see this blog as a forum from which could come suggestions for Dean re the handling of assorted food issues. ( We might also have some fun with Dean Food Facts and Fables--does he choose maple syrup or does he buy that wretched fake corn syrupy stuff....misplaced frugality could be a factor with Dr. Dean. )

Let's start with a crucial issue facing families---the influence of junk foods and beverages promoted by corporations in schools, as well as the quality of school lunches.

And these---the US obesity epidemic; food safety; hunger; sustainable ag; food professionals and their issues; food marketing; and so on.

Otherwise, what food topics interest you?

A Foody's worst nightmare---nothing to eat on the road but vending machine happened during the Dean "Foodless in Phoenix, Allentown, Plattsburgh..." tour as recounted below from the Dean blog archives.

Foodies for Dean people, let us unite to provide the good Dr and his crew with tasty food at assorted venues across the USA. Ideas, please?

Here's the until now untold, but true story of what happened after the debate in Phoenix, Arizona:

The cast of characters: Howard Dean, Joe Trippi, Tricia Enright, Kate O'Connor, Chris Canning, and our pilots Gavin and Aaron.

Around 8:15pm Arizona time the Gov, Joe, Tricia and I hopped into a mini van and headed from the Wyndham Park Hotel in downtown Phoenix to the airport where we were going to get on our charter plane and fly overnight to Burlington, Vermont. The flight in the 6-seater plane was to leave Phoenix at 9:00pm and arrive - with no stops - in Burlington, VT at 5:00am. We arrived at the airport a little tired and a lot hungry. Our spirits were lifted when the airport crew told us that food had been loaded onto our plane. The plane wasn't too comfortable for sleeping, but knowing it was our only way home - and hearing that there was food on board - gave us the inspiration to get on board.

Once on board we strapped ourselves in and the pilots taxied down the runway. Starving, we searched the small space for our dinner. We quickly discovered that the airport crew had loaded food on a presidential candidate's plane - it was just another candidate (who shall remain nameless) who was flying out of the same airport at the same time we were. So we were left with the leftover, rejected snacks that were on the plane when we flew out the day before (Dunkaroos or Cheetos anyone?).

Our only hope now was trying to get some sleep knowing the next time we woke up we'd be in Burlington. Well if any of us got more than 10 minutes of sleep we were lucky. We looked like we were doing a mattress commerical and we were the people on the uncomfortable mattress! Joe was sitting in the seat next to me, and at one point I looked over and he was sitting on the floor with his head in the seat! After what felt like 6 hours the plane started to land and we were all relieved that we were back home. We got on the ground and Gavin our pilot came out of the cockpit to tell us that we were not in Vermont - instead we were in Allentown, PA. Thinking he was joking we all started to laugh. But it wasn't a joke. It was 4:30am and we WERE in Allentown, PA. For reasons we still do not understand we were told that we had to stop in Allentown because we needed to stall for time because we could not land in Burlington until 5:45am. So we all got out of the plane and went into the tiny airport.

We had 45 minutes before we could take off so we decided to try and get a little sleep. The Gov curled up on a small couch in the reception area, and fell asleep before the aiport crew could tell him about the room with the recliners. Joe, Tricia and I decided to wait out the 45 minutes in the recliner room. The room had seven recliners lined up in a row and a tv with remote control. We each took a recliner and Tricia took control of the tv remote. Early morning tv is in a word: bad! If you want to order some kind of weight loss or fitness product tune in at 4:30am. (Tricia and I convinced Joe that he did not need to order a Thighmaster!). Well, the time and the infomericals ticked away and we got closer to what we thought would be our time of departure. Around 5:00am Gavin our pilot informed us that we could not land in Burlington because of fog and that our only option was to fly into Rutland, VT which is a 90 minute drive from Burlington. Joe, Tricia and I decided that it might be better just to wait out the fog in Allentown and save ourselves the 90 minute drive. I went out to the reception area and conferred with the Gov who agreed with our decision. The Gov also decided to join us in the recliner room.

So all four of us sat in recliners and watched tv. By the time the Gov joined us we had moved on from infomercials to the announcement of the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. We were probably the first - and only - people who saw the announcement! Well, the time continued to tick away and we still weren't going any where. Around 6:00am Joe and I decided to find breakfast. Lucky for us there was a vending machine at the airport. Joe had some kind of donut product and I had a Pop Tart (it was cherry, so I had my daily requirement of fruit).

We all settled back into our recliners. Joe, Tricia and I fell asleep as the Gov tried to find another airport for us to fly into. (By the way, I know you've probably always wanted to know this: Joe snores!) I had just fallen asleep when I felt someone hovering over me. It was the Gov who was yelling, "We're going to Plattsburgh, NY." Joe, Tricia and I went flying out of our chairs. In a daze, we realized we needed a ride from Plattsburgh to Burlington. So I called Chris Canning who works in the scheduling office and asked him if he could drive the hour to Plattsburgh. Chris, not really understanding, but deciding not to question why we were in Allentown, happily agreed to pick us up.

So at 7:00am we got back on the plane and headed to Plattsburgh. (Joe sat in the seat next to me and asked me why were were going to Plattsburgh. I said I don't know I was asleep!) We arrived in Plattsburgh around 8:00am. Chris arrived about 15 minutes later. We piled into Chris's car and felt that for the first time we were getting closer to being home. In order to get to Vermont from NY we had to take a ferry across Lake Champlain. We got to the ferry and drove up to the booth to buy our ticket. Well, the Gov has a free ferry pass and being the cheap person he is, wanted to use it. We all sat there as the Gov searched and searched and searched every compartment in his wallet. The pass was obviously not there, but the Gov would not give up. Seeing that we might miss the ferry the rest of us out voted him and paid for a ticket!

We drove onto the ferry and luckily for us it was customer appreciation day on the ferry which meant free coffee, cinnamon rolls, and souvenir Champlain Ferries travel mugs! We all got out of the car and enjoyed the free gifts! It was now close to 9:00am and we could see Vermont across the lake - home was in sight. Of course, the Gov was immediately recognized by the ferry staff. They asked him why he was on the ferry. He responded that he was coming home from Arizona. They laughed because they never had someone travel from Arizona to Vermont via Lake Champlain. They took pity on us and let us go up to the top of the ferry and into the captain's deck. (We decided not to touch any of the controls!)

We got to the other side of the ferry and back onto Vermont soil! We started driving the final leg when Joe announced that he needed a Diet Pepsi. We pulled over at the Island Redemption Center and Joe hopped out. When Joe took too long we almost left him behind, but for reasons that I don't know now that I am awake we decided not to leave without him!

Finally, around 9:40am we pulled into the Gov's driveway in Burlington, Vermont - only 10 hours and 10 minutes after we started a journey home which brought us to 2 states that we had not planned to stop in, hours of bad morning television, an unexpected ferry ride, and free cinnamon rolls and travel mugs!

Oh, the glamorous life of running for President of the United States!

Posted by Kate O'Connor at 05:41 PM

"US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment of farmers who do not give information about guerrillas attacking US troops."

This is the lead sentence in an article by Patrick Cockburn and reported in The Independent, October 12, 2003. Read the complete article:

The article goes on to report on the economic and psychological toll on the farm communities involved.

At least one US soldier was reduced to tears during the operation which included having to drag away village children who had placed themselves in front of the bulldozers.

To be sure the US Army is frustrated with hit and run attacks on their units. They are trying to get the farmers to identify guerrillas using the area for cover. But the article points out that it the close knit families are in a tough spot. They are most likely related to the attackers and retribution is a factor for collaboration.

This all reminds me of how farmers and rural villagers have suffered for centuries in wars. Their crops are endangered in multiple ways. They also have been the innocent victims of guerrillas hiding out in their villages. This happened in Vietnam, Guatemala etc. In the case of Vietnam, the US military tried similar tactics on villagers to get them to cooperate. But in many cases, it just hardened them against us.

Finally, the issue of the importance of the date palm to Iraqis and Arabs in general cannot be understated. It is one of the cultural, economic, and religiously significant plants in that part of the world. It was Muhammad's sacred tree. Muslims end their Ramadan fasts each night by eating dates. It supplies building materials, mats, and multiple food uses.

We are developing an exhibit about date palm and how it plays a role in the religious calendar and rituals of Muslims, Christians and Jews.

The date palm, which originates in the land between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers (modern day Iraq, ancient Mesopotamia) is the predominate tree in the landscape of Iraq.

In all the reporting about Iraq, little has been said about this important food resource for the Iraqi people.

The food factor is an under reported subject, in our view, a situation we are trying to change.

How fast and what kind of a dining companion is Dean as compared to Bush?

According to National Security Advisor, Condi Rice, speaking to Oprah, Bush is a very fast eater. "If you're not careful, he'll be on dessert and you're still eating the salad.

Sounds like Condi might be a foodie, while the President has a lot to learn about enjoying slow food.
Sunday, October 26, 2003
We are hosting a Dean meetup at the Milagro Cafe on Albuquerque's west side. The new owner is going to install equipment that makes ice cream from scratch to order in front of the customer. Have any of you seen this kind of operation before?
Dean said in a C-Span interview that he would have many more state dinners to repair the foreign relations Bush has damaged. This should be a fun administration for foodies to watch for that reason alone.
Foodies for Dean wants to feed the Dean Airsteam crew coming East soon, as well as provide healthy fodder for Dr Dean & Co at assorted venues. Any ideas?
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Read Al Franken's hilarious and deadly serious chapter ---"Vast Lagoons of Pig Feces: The Bush Environmental Record" in his Lies book. Now you'll have a new appreciation for Dean's position on the outlined in his Issues on Agriculture.

Dean is so up on these issues and leading out front with sane positions on all the things that matter.
Monday, October 20, 2003
Howard Dean's 55th birthday is Nov. 17. What might "Foodies for Dean" bring to the party? Actually lots of parties being planned all across the nation. Check out

Does Dean have a favorite birthday cake? Does he have a favorite birthday meal? What might these be?

Also, what are your favorite things to eat on your birthday?

In recent years, my wife has been making me an all Belgian feast: moules/frites (mussels with homemade fries) with an appetizer of tomate crevette (tomato stuffed with tiny grey shrimp) and of course, a couple of Belgian brews.
What are your thoughts re school lunch reform debates going on around the country?

Seems people are waking up to the obesity epidemic in the USA. An entire generation has grown up on fast food, not just happy meals, but in school cafeterias.

I sat in on a panel discussion this summer with SF Bay area activists. I'll try and post their websites and invite them to participate here.

For now check out what one guy is doing to transform school lunches in inner-city Oakland. (that's garden to table)
regarding your question on Dean's position on sustainable agriculture, I direct you to home page section "On the Issues." You will see he is concerned with supporting family farms that are more likely to produce healthier environments and stable communities than big absentee owned agriculture businesses of the type supported by Bush and the Republicans.

I'm studying the detailed position paper and look forward to a dialogue with "foodies" on this and other topics of interest.

Dean's Vermont record on agriculture is also posted.

Saturday, October 18, 2003
Does anyone know Dean's position on sustainable agriculture?
To join the blog, please
Welcome to Foodies for Dean, a blog for food topics of all kinds. We are foodies who hope to interest other foodies in the Dean campaign. Also, we see this blog as a forum from which could come suggestions for Dean re the handling of assorted food issues. ( We might also have some fun with Dean Food Facts and Fables--does he choose maple syrup or does he buy that wretched fake corn syrupy stuff....misplaced frugality could be a factor with Dr. Dean. )

Let's start with a crucial issue facing families---the influence of junk foods and beverages promoted by corporations in schools, as well as the quality of school lunches.

And these---the US obesity epidemic; food safety; hunger; sustainable ag; food professionals and their issues; food marketing; and so on.

Otherwise, what food topics interest you?

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