Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Donald Trump’s $1200 Stimulus Check Might Cover Dinner for 2, Possibly 3, at Restaurants of Chefs He Named Today


Donald Trump’s daily insane ramble, today from the Rose Garden, included a long list of CEO’s and companies he said he would consulting about re-starting the economy. It reminded me of a satirical list Kurt Vonnegut once included in one of his books, where just name dropped everyone he could think of who was famous.

For Trump, it sounded like he was reading off donors to the Jerry Lewis Telethon. “From Brown’s in the Catskills…$500… love ya…Do ya still make the matzoh ball soup?”

Trump had the list of businesses alphabetized by genre, so eventually he got to “food” and reeled off McDonald’s. Coca Cola, “Pepsi-cola,” Wendy’s, and assorted fast food brands. But then he just blurted out these names: “Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Keller, Jean-George– “my friend, Jean Georges” meaning Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and “Danielle” meaning Daniel Bouloud.

All the Chick-Fil-A eaters must have wondered who those men were? They are world class chefs who despise Trump and wouldn’t welcome him on a regular day if their lives depended on it. But also, Trump’s $1200 stimulus check will not be going to their customers, since people with incomes that can afford their eateries are ineligibe for relief (I hope).

That amount of money would just about cover two people for dinner at Keller’s Per Se, and maybe four at Bouloud’s Daniel restaurant. The Chef’s Menu at Keller’s Per Se, for example, was $355 on March 14th. The Salon menu was $225. That’s for one person.

So I’m not sure how Keller, or any of the others, will be useful on Trump’s commission. And if Trump thinks he’s getting a free meal at any of those places, he can forget it. Someone in the kitchen will spit in his Oysters and Pearls before they make it out the door.

You can hear it 1:50:30

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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