Eat, Drink, and Lament

The terrorism in the Northeast can bring us together

At the moment it is impossible to predict the success of our experiment. That will depend upon whether other chefs will also be willing to participate in the project. I hope they will. I hope I can convince, say, Tony Sindaco from Sunfish Grill in Pompano Beach to plan a wine exchange dinner with a chef whose food he admires. Maybe Steven LaBiner from Hobo's Fish Joint in Coral Springs or John Belleme from Zemi in Boca Raton would like to be involved. I could go on, but you get the point. There's lots of opportunity for building a community out there.

Of course there is another case to be made for gastronomically inclined Americans to continue doing what we do. By dining out we pump funds into the flagging economy. Even before our culinary way of life was so dramatically interrupted, experts in the restaurant biz had already made some predictions: one, that the downturn in finances will cause more diners to stay home or to take leftovers home and make another meal of them instead of going out again or buying lunch during the workday; and two, that the loss of formerly secure, so-called white-collar jobs will send more workers back to the restaurant industry, effectively ending the shortage of service employees we've been experiencing in this realm for the last several years. If we stop dining out altogether, as a result of survivor guilt or a distaste for the idea of stuffing our faces while friends and neighbors suffer, we will effectively and exponentially be increasing unemployment rates. I think of it this way: If I lose my newspaper job tomorrow, I can always wait tables to earn a living. But I wouldn't make a cent if no one were dining.

Jeremy Eaton

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Nemo Restaurant

100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

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So I will listen to my mother. I will do what I do: Eat. Drink. Write. And encourage the food community, from chefs to diners, not to forget the good things in life.

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