Thursday, September 17, 2009
Counting on Calories to Fatten Government Coffers
The shocking news, however, was this: "A federal bill currently before Congress and similar to a California law that takes effect in 2011, will require restaurants with at least 20 outlets to detail calorie counts on its menus."
Here is an entry from the Antipasti section of an actual menu of Macaroni Grill:
Shrimp & Artichoke Dip
Shrimp, artichokes and spinach baked together and bubbling with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses. Served with Parmesan bread crisps. $8.49
Chef's Recommended Wine: Pinot Grigio - Lumina (Italy)
Parmesan-breaded chicken breast, bacon, feta cheese, Roma tomatoes and mixed greens with Parmesan peppercorn ranch dressing. $9.99
Chef's Recommended Wine: Pinot Noir - La Crema (CA)
After all, government knows best, and due to our individual decadence and incompetence, must step in where consumers only waddle. Capitalism be damned, lest our arteries be dammed. As 2011 approaches, we'll soon see the reactions of Californians to the sight of "nutrition facts" cluttering menus. I daresay even the Nanny State can't get us to eat our brussels sprouts.