Sunday, November 16, 2008

Let'em Eat Fruitwood Smoked Quail

Marie Antionette - Let Them Eat Cake

While everyone is struggling with foreclosures and job loss the G20 World leaders dine in style as they discuss the global financial crisis. Their extravagance seems noteworthy.

Now, I am not advocating that they consume Spam or order in Pizza or McDonald Dollar Meals...but such extravagance at taxpayers expense is really kind of a slap in our face don'tcha think? Especially with regard to the financial crisis facing millions of families across this planet.
The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.

After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.

According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."

To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on

The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

McDonough also said the White House purchased the wine at a "significantly lower price" than what it is listed at.

"Of course the White House gets its wine at wholesale prices," she said. "Given the intimate size of the group, it was an appropriate time for The White House to use this stock."

The leaders of the U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and 11 developing economies have all come to Washington at the behest of President Bush in an effort to express confidence in the fundamental underpinnings of the world's economy.
I'd be curious as to what the per person cost was with a meal such as this one. Wholesale price on wine or not - it seems a simpler menu might have been a good way to set the tone of this financial summit which deals with the financial crisis many people are experiencing.

Is anyone else annoyed at this unabashed display of government excess?


christinemm said...

I heard the wine was $550 per bottle on a news report.

Wholesale is much, much less which I can say since someone I know owns a restaurant.

However in these times perhaps the theme of the dinner should have been 'let's see how we can cook a gourmet meals for pennies'. I am not kidding.

Now is not the time for opulence.

More proof that elected officials are not in line with 'the common citizen'. SIGH.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Maybe they could have a G8 session on "Planning Meals for $10 per Person or Less" so they can go home and give practical answers to the very real financial pain we all must face.

Or: "Let them eat bread . . . and water!"

Miss Roxie said...

Count me in the line with 'annoyed' ones and so saddened by their lack of touch with reality.

A little bit of crazy.... said...

I don't know about this complaint. I think this might be one for the "it's all a matter of perspective" category, and since you don't REALLY know what they are used to spending on these meals and what they spent on this particular one, it doesn't make sense to pick on what they ate more than what they were actually discussing. I don't want to get annoyed at the government to the point of irrationality.