Culinary no-no #695


Mother’s Day 2021 still won’t be quite back to normal. It reigns as the biggest day in the restaurant business, and at least this year dining establishments won’t be totally shut down. According to the National Restaurant Association:

Given public health concerns, some eateries are opting for plated meals, rather than a buffet this year. Others, like 30 Main in Berwyn, Pa., have modified its buffet to meet safety protocols. The restaurant moved its buffet outdoors and installed plastic barriers. Servers wearing masks and gloves plate the foods, and hosts call tables up individually to avoid crowding and keep up social distancing. Servers will put appetizers on tables such as pastries and fruit just as guests arrive to streamline the buffet selection. To create a festive vibe, “we’ll have jazz music going and Bloody Marys flowing,” says chef/owner Michael DiDomenico.

A Bloody Mary was mentioned. If not for mimosas I’d guess the tomato-based potable would be the #1 seller on Mom’s Day.  How did the Bloody Mary come to be? Well there’s an old story and an updated version.

Like pizza Bloody Marys come in all varieties.

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Former WI Department of Tourism Secretary Stephanie Ann Klett at Sobelmans in Milwaukee.

But can you mess up a Bloody Mary? This writer definitely thinks so.

Back in 2007 I filled in one week at NewsTalk 1130 WISN. One of my producers was Jolene, a very sweet young woman who was moonlighting at the time as a bartender. Off the air I asked her what kinds of drinks she hates to mix. Jolene said she couldn’t understand why people order 1, 2, sometimes 3 Bloody Marys…after dinner.

There oughta be a law.


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Dear Miss Manners…

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ICYMI last week…Culinary no-no #694


I turned on the TV broadcast this afternoon of the Brewers-Dodgers game. Milwaukee was woefully behind 14-1. Why I kept watching at that point, I have no idea.

The announcers discussed the upcoming series in Philadelphia. Jeff Levering asked Bill Schroeder what his Philly cheesesteak place was. Without hesitation Schroeder replied “Pat’s.”

Then came the no-no. And it’s huge. Mount Rushmore huge.

Schroeder continued.



“Lots of ketchup on it.”

Strike out.

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