4/11/09

"Green" pizza

Yowzah! Environomentally correct pizza!

We are getting another look at how our beloved president intends to keep a greener, more environmentally friendly White House.

The Obamas are ordering out for pizza.

All the way to St. Louis.

Yep. From People Magazine:

Chris Sommers, owner of a pizza place in St. Louis, gets orders from all over town. But from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, D.C.?

"It's surreal, it's a huge honor," says Sommers, 33, who flew to the nation's capital Thursday to make 20 pizzas for the Obama family and staff.

So how did a St. Louis pizza guy end up in the White House kitchen?

The president first tasted Sommers's San Francisco-style pies, served at his St. Louis restaurant Pi, while campaigning in Missouri last fall. An Obama supporter, Sommers offered to deliver a few frozen pies to the president after the election but was told he couldn't send food to the White House because of security concerns.

Instead, Reggie Love, one of the president's closest aides and a fellow fan of Sommers's deep-dish and thin-crust creations, arranged to have the pizza chef bring 20 pounds of dough and 3 gallons of sauce at Sommers's expense to the White House kitchen and cook there Friday.

"It will be casual lunch," says Sommers, who will be helped by Pi chef Ryan Mangialardo, 27, and Anne Schuermann, 24, Sommers' girlfriend. "Hopefully we'll have a chance to say hello to the president."


I gotta wonder, what kind of 'carbon footprint' do these pizzas have, considering that it's a 1600 mile round trip to cook these babies up.

From Pi, the outfit that's doing the pizzas:

Pi is committed to environmentally benign success. Doing good while doing well is fundamental to our work, and is manifested in our commitment to create an ecologically sustainable restaurant.

The EPA defines “sustainable” as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Today, this concept is hardly relegated to the realm of an obscure few; it resonates with our customers, and they become enlightened and aware, acting as environmental stewards and leaders of change. We're proud to be part of this eco-chic movement of conciousness, hard work, innovation, and sense of style. It compliments (sic, presumably) our mission here at Pi.


What kind of psycho-babble is that? "...hardly relegated to the realm of an obscure few ..."? How many Smile Hi City residents are ordering takeout from St. Louis? Of course, we are obscure, while the Obamessiah is ...The One.

"Eco-chic"? What is that, other than some kind of yuppie feel-good prattle? I wonder if their Birkenstocks are made of recycled jungle grasses plucked by unionized Third-Worlders, and "fairly traded"?

Well. I wonder also, if the same crowd the Obamas entertained with the $100 Wagyu steaks and fine wines will be on hand for the pizzas?

I wonder if they will turn the heat down in the Orchid Office while the Pi is being served?

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."


- Barack Obama, May 18, 2008

While President Obama is worried about what other countries think, he is obviously untroubled by what We the People think.

Who is paying for it, anyway?