Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

The greening of Denver's restaurant scene

This morning at the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, a group is recapping the DNC's Lean 'N Green program, and starting the discussion on where the project goes from here.

Among the talking points: "Lessons learned."

First lesson: Do not send a bossy press release announcing a Lean 'N' Green program that categorically bans fried foods, and also suggests a color palette that only works if you spill a bag of Skittles on the plate. A press release like the one the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee sent out back in early June, for example, which wound up providing plenty of fodder for the national media. And although the host committee later said the "fickle food fight" was all because the press had misinterpreted that first release, its message was very clear.

Second lesson: You do not want to eat Rocky Mountain oysters any way other than fried. Trust me on this one. --Patricia Calhoun

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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