Culinary no-no #739

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinion, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

This week, the topic is buns. Here are some good ones.

Well, I wouldn’t complain, but those are not what I’m talking about.

Let’s try…

I know. Not quite the same.

The buns are from Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe Inc. (the makers of Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread), an American family owned and operated company based in central Pennsylvania, dedicated to providing delicious bread products, using high quality, non-GMO ingredients.

They look awful lonely. Need to sandwich them with some high quality stuff.

Like a burger and cheese from Shake Shack.

Martin’s is Shake Shack’s hamburger bun supplier. And now customers and celebrity chefs across the nation are calling for a Martin’s boycott.

“I will not be buying any more Martin’s products, nor will I support any establishment that uses their buns until they change suppliers, and I’d urge you to do the same,” said chef and cookbook author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.

Why the push to punish Martin’s economically?

What else? It’s political.

Seems a company exec and family members have donated to far-right Pa. governor candidate Doug Mastriano. A state Senator from Franklin County who was subpoenaed for his involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol (allegedly using campaign money to charter buses to Washington, D.C. that day) is running against Democratic state Attorney General Josh Shapiro in November’s general election. Mastriano supports gun rights and banning abortion without exception and is backed by Donald Trump.

Shake Shack has served Martin’s buns since opening its first location in New York City in 2004. The chain now operates more than 240 locations throughout the United States with dozens of international locations.

Some news outlets are reporting talk of a boycott is “picking up steam.” What does Shake Shack say about it?

“(The company) has always championed equality, inclusion and belonging at our company—and we know these values are important to our guests and team members.”

Shake Shack hasn’t dumped Martin’s yet.

“In regards to the actions of individuals associated with the Martin’s company and their personal political donations — those are the choices of those individuals and do not express the values of Shake Shack. We continue to be in active conversations with Martin’s to express our concern,” Shake Shack said in a statement.

Here’s hoping Shake Shack doesn’t cave. If the chain sticks with Martin’s I believe these two social media comments are rather astute.

Yeah right, Chic-fil-a got the same publicity…their sales went through the roof.

Not a shake shack fan but I will be eating there now. I find it a disgusting how people calling for tolerance are always the ones who are the most intolerant of others views.


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