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WASHINGTON – The dismissal of Sarah Huckabee Sanders from the Red Henne restaurant in the White House is stirring up the feathers of Chef Spike Mendelsohn.
At the launch of his "Plate of the Union" podium at his Santa Rosa Taqueria restaurant on Thursday morning, the restorer describes the incident as "terrible" and "demoralizing in so many different ways".
Saturday Morning, Sanders revealed on Twitter that the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, Virginia, asked her to leave because of her job in the Trump administration. The resignation met with criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, who protested in front of the restaurant on Tuesday.
Although Mendelsohn recognizes that entrepreneurs like Red Hen owner Stephanie Wilkinson have the right to conduct their business as they see fit, he says, "I've always considered food as something very powerful that the People united. "
"Once you start playing like" Let's people refuse food "or" What do you have, I think you'll bring more fuel to the fire instead of helping it, "says the season's" Top Chef "candidate 4. "Just imagine, Red Hen. I invited her and treated her a little more specifically and took a moment to talk to her and talk about her opinion about food … or whatever they were not (Agreed). It is an opportunity to talk. "
" People are trying to make statements in such different ways, and I think it's useless, "he adds." Did that really help? No. "
Mendelsohn says if a member of the Trump administration enters one of his restaurants (besides Santa Rosa Taqueria, he owns Good Stuff Eatery and We, The Pizza) they would be
" Good Stuff Eatery (on the Capitol Hill) we have a slogan "Welcome to the party". It's like both parties, "he says, and his Podcast" Plate of the Union "(in partnership with Food Policy Action) will focus more on food policy than on political parties.
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(back row) Spike Mendelsohn and Monica Mills Moderator Pamela Hess and Michel Nischan, guests on the "Platte der Union" podcast.
"We would go to these offices and lobby, but often you somehow go into the opposition on what you are trying to lobbying for, "he says, watching his colleagues come to Capitol Hill to lobby in his restaurants and get in He wanted to broaden what Food Policy Action had already started and created a "lobby podcast." His goal: to have a "bipartisan conversation about food and implications for the current event." to see how important a good food policy is in the nation. "
Mendelsohn and his co-host, Executive Director of Food Policy Action Monica Mills, discuss food policy and issues at" Plate of the Union " and topics such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), nutrition as medicine, and urban agriculture with cooks, congressmen, and food activists. Mendelsohn would also like former First Lady Michelle Obama.
The first three episodes of the first season are now available. The rest are published weekly. Listeners will find the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Soundcloud. The premiere episode features chef José Andrés and Anna Palmer, Washington correspondent for Politico.
Mendelsohn hopes his audience will feel empowered after hiring.
"I want the audience to take away that they can make a difference in their own neighborhood and that they all have a voice and there are ways your voice can be heard," he says. "They can change, and that's the point."
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