Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mayor Becker sticks his nose into my lunch

Being a creature of habit -- and surrounded by fast-disappearing restaurants in the downtown area -- I tend to eat lunch at the same place most days. But can I do that tomorrow? Nooooooo, because Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says I can't. Well, I could, but then I might feel guilty.

Not content with taking on breathable air, bicycle safety, and other non-gay-marriage issues, now Becker apparently has a problem with hunger and poverty. He has signed a proclamation declaring tomorrow World Food Day in the City. I don't quite grasp the details, but I figure participating restaurants will know what I'm talking about:
Each participating restaurant will offer a special food item that can be ordered at a reduced portion size that patrons may price themselves. A portion of the profits collected from the sale of the item will go to each restaurant’s favorite food-related charity.

In Utah, 9.7 percent of the population lives in poverty and the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 5.1 percent of residents are dealing with hunger. Observing World Food Day in Salt Lake City will be an opportunity for local restaurants to give back to community members and raise awareness about hunger and poverty in Utah.
Okay, it benefits the Utah Food Bank, etc. That's great, but the key issue, of course, is where can I eat lunch tomorrow? Options are listed below.


SQUATTERS BREW PUB
147 West 300 South

MILLCREEK COFFEE
657 South Main Street

TIN ANGEL CAFE
365 West 400 South

CAFE NICHE
779 East 300 South

CAFE D'BOLLA
249 East 400 South Suite 100

ALCHEMY COFFEE
390 East 1700 South

LIVING CUISINE
2148 South Highland Drive

NOBROW COFFEE & TEA
315 East 300 South

SAGES CAFE
473 East Broadway

VERTICAL DINER
2280 South West Temple

LUNA'S ITALIAN ICE CAFÉ
[no address given]

ONE WORLD EVERYBODY EATS
COMMUNITY KITCHEN
41 South 300 East

CEDARS OF LEBANON
154 East 200 South

STONEGROUND
249 East 400 South

OASIS CAFE
151 South 500 East

FAUSTINA
300 South 345 EAST

FREE WHEELERS PIZZA
150 SOUTH 400 EAST

CURRY IN A HURRY
2020 SOUTH STATE STREET
(so that's where these guys went!)

Mm mm good.

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