Friday, September 08, 2006

Mac 'n' Cheesy lobbyists descend on The Mothership

Diana Rattray says "it probably wouldn't be on the menu for your mother-in-law's first dinner visit, and it isn't exactly gourmet fare, but macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular--if not the most popular--American comfort foods. Nearly every soul food cookbook and many Southern cookbooks have recipes for the American favorite, with few differences from one to the next.

Some believe the dish was created by founding father Thomas Jefferson, known for his great interest in food, and in a 1996 "Restaurants & Institutions" article, Barbara Bell Matuszewski wrote that Jefferson served the dish in the White House in 1802. However, noted food historian Karen Hess claims Jefferson did not invent the dish, though he did return from a trip to Paris with a macaroni mold."

Factoid: "Most Americans don't know the company responsible for the cheesiest is also responsible for the tarriest. A seldom known fact is that Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinners is owned by Altria, the parent company of Phillip-Morris, the tobacco company." Source

Perhaps when the local lobbyists showed up to strongarm the Knuck to add macaroni and cheese to the Mothership menu, there was a strong resistance already in play.

The American Cancer Society must have been working overtime prior to the arrival of the Mac 'n' Cheesy lobbyists. Stay tuned to see if the Nashville Scene 2006 Readers Poll is affected by this hot casserole dish issue.

Lobbyists and spectators at the Mothership today:


Malia said...

You could add Boo-boo to the list of lobbyists - he's a lover of all things mac 'n cheese! Especially the cheese part.

newscoma said...

This looked like a lot of fun. John H. struck a particular good, low-key pose in his cheese hat attire.