Well, to paraphrase Thumper, “if you don’t have something to write about, don’t write nuthin’ at all”. Kind of adopted that philosophy lately as my time has been taken up with a couple of events and my Rotary Club. Being the club's secretary, I have lots of mundane “duties” to take care of, like beating dues out of the membership, collecting funds for our Charter Night (Installation of a new BOD) dinner, and so forth.
The other project we recently took on is actually related to food (or lack thereof). There are a lot of people in St. Mary’s county that have to deal with “food insecurity”, which means they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. They depend on agencies like the “Soup Kitchen” to provide for them. There also are a whole lot of “food pantries” around that give out food to those in need. Most are in the faith based community and are run out of various churches. The pantries have to get their food from local grocers, donations, etc. The other source of food is from two “food banks”, the Maryland Food Bank, and the Southern Maryland Food Bank. The former is located in Baltimore, and the latter in Waldorf. Neither “delivers”, forcing the non-profits to drive to get food, requiring trucks, volunteers, refrigeration, etc. They get what they get, never sure of what is available. Without going into more depth, the whole situation is a mess (which nonetheless meet a lot of needs and aid to those who need help). Different open hours, days, etc.
So our club is setting out to open a local Food Bank here in Lexington Park, where the pantries can come and get food to distribute without driving all over. The Maryland Food Bank has agreed to deliver food to us for two years at which point it would be hopefully self-sustainable. We hope to engage the local pantries and churches. Right now they all do their own thing and forming a “coalition” could help alleviate some of the hunger in the county. Of course there are many obstacles to address and overcome, but it seems like a very worthwhile goal.
Speaking of goals
Or should I say goooooooooooooooaalllllllllll! I hope you have been able to see some of the World Cup soccer (futbol) matches. Much drama, such as defending Champion Germany not making it out of the group stage. Messi (soccer’s LeBron) not having a very good tournament, but just enough to scrape Argentina out of the group play and into the “Round of 16”, the surprising emergence of Croatia, the brilliant play of Rinaldo (for Portugal) is just great. And the fans are amazing, often in costume, always singing, dancing, and having a wonderful time. Quite refreshing..
Here we go again
Well, it seems like there is no end of people wanting to open restaurants. You know the little place “up the road (235)” in Laurel Grove, which has been alternatively dark and open under several guises, the latest being “Zee Best Café” A stringer report gives me the info that it will now become “Granny’s Country Kitchen”. Will provide updates as able.
I can’t help but comment on the recent events at The Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. It has been open a few years, and as I recall, by a pretty well respected chef. Well, I’m sure you’ve heard the reports of the Presidential Press Secretary being asked/directed to leave during their dinner. As a foodie/ restaurant person, you just can’t do that! If you open a place to the public you can’t pick and choose your customers. You may not agree with their politics or personality, but they deserve the opportunity to enjoy a meal without being interfered with by management and asked to leave. Very Bad.
A sad note
Sometime within the past couple of years, I struck up a e-friendship with another Food Blogger who wrote a little newsletter called Southern Maryland Food and Drink. It was always informative, gave objective reviews, usually in more depth than this office. We had arranged several times to meet for lunch or wine tastings, and somehow never did. Well, we’ll now have to meet in the big restaurant in the sky. Don H. was diagnosed with a vigorous form of cancer maybe two months ago, and passed away just recently. He will live on in my toasts now.
So that’s it for now, do not forget to
And oh yeah, carry the flag for