Which got me thinking... how many people in Atlanta have ever even heard of Hugue Dufour, or his recently shuttered and highly praised, but debated, Queens (as in New York) restaurant M. Wells? Or even the place where he made his name, Montreal's infamously insane Au Pied de Cochon?
Of the five million or so people in the Atlanta area, I'd be very surprised if more than a couple hundred (that's something like 0.004%) had ever heard of M. Wells. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You basically have to be a deranged foodie to live in Georgia and have any clue about a small, now closed, restaurant in Long Island City, Queens. THAT is arcane foodie knowledge that would easily stump the guy who won 74 straight episodes of Jeopardy. But there we were, a pack of hungry foodies eager to soak up an esoteric experience. Young and old, rich and poor, black and white, we are the 0.004%.
But, really, does it matter who in Atlanta has heard of M. Wells or Au Pied de Cochon? No. What matters is that we have a community of folks who really want to get to know our own local rock star chefs, our own people who are toiling behind the bar or hustling to get great things to our farmers' markets. Thanks to Bravo TV, a big chunk of Atlanta (and America) now knows who Richard Blais is, or Hugh Acheson. But it would be great if just as many knew the name of their local farmers and purveyors of real, good food. That may still be arcane foodie knowledge, but it's the kind of knowledge that can impact our daily lives, not just a bit of trivia.
(By the way, keep an eye out for our "We are the 0.004%" t-shirts, coming soon to an organic, grass-fed, offal-only butcher shoppe and micro-green emporium near you)
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