Monday, October 24, 2011

Politics, Religion, and Food

A Gossips reader, after looking at the placards displayed in the window of Grazin', reported this observation. One of the farms supplying artisanal cheese to Hudson's new diner--the first Animal Welfare approved restaurant in the U.S.--is Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery, where Rose Marie Belforti is the cheese maker. Belforti gained notoriety not long ago, in the New York Times and elsewhere, for being the town clerk in Ledyard, NY, who refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. 

The Times reports that Belforti, who describes herself as a "Bible-believing Christian" and holds that "God has condemned homosexuality as a sin," is "at the heart of an emerging test case, as national advocacy groups look to Ledyard for an answer to how the state balances a religious freedom claim by a local official against a civil rights claim by a same-sex couple."

For foodies in Hudson, there's another issue. Michael Pollan, as the Grazin' website notes, encourages people to "shake the hand that feeds you," but should it be required that the hand that feeds you belong to someone who shares all your values?   


  1. I'm more concerned about the food :)
    Had the French toast (a Full Stack) with Bacon,
    and it came with only *1* single strip of Bacon! (and for the price they're charging, that's outrageous even for Manhattan, let alone Hudson) and the Home Fries that came with my friends eggs were soggy.
    I wish them luck, but if they can't get the food right they won't have time to worry about being politically correct...

  2. Well, before I shake or eat from the hand that feeds me I sure want to know where it has been stuck!!

  3. Gosh. If I had to agree with the opinions and religion of everyone who supplied me with goods and services -- including food -- I'd be hard pressed to buy anything.

    I'd probably starve to death, have no clothes etc.

    Is the cheese any good?

    -- Jock Spivy

  4. I suggest that most of us would disagree wit the labor practices in China, but I believe that none of us have avoided buying Chinese products of some sort, nor could we if we tried.

  5. Why do I need to have the same values as the vendors of a restaurant where I would like to eat? Where does that make any sense other than in the politcal arena? Get a life will you, not every situation is decided by which side of the fence you choose to walk on. What's next, do I have to decide if a cow is Republican or Democratic before I decide to drink my glass of milk? Wake up people.

  6. I cannot wait to see how this goes!! I've been intrigues by this forever!