Drink in Life

The terrorism in the Northeast can bring us together

What we did was shake hands and kiss cheeks -- chefs, critic, publicist, those of us who are sometimes on opposite sides of the culinary issues. What we did was sup on Schwartz's crispy duck confit with whipped parsnips and his grilled leg of lamb with risotto and fig jam. What we did was not only pour some silky malbec and sturdy cabernet but get purposefully drunk and remind ourselves that, as an e-mail pal of mine recently put it: "The pleasure we get from fine cuisine is a big part of our lifestyle.... Don't let them kill our lifestyle ... make sure we don't forget [the good things]."

At the moment it is impossible to predict the success of our experiment. That will depend on whether other chefs will now be willing to participate in the project. I hope they will.

Of course there is another case to be made for gastronomically inclined Americans to continue to do what we do. By dining out we pump funds into the flagging economy. Even before our culinary way of life was so dramatically interrupted, experts in the restaurant biz had already made some predictions: (1) that the downturn in finances will cause more diners to stay home or take leftovers home and make another meal out of them instead of going out again or buying lunch during the workday; and (2) that the loss of formerly secure, so-called white-collar jobs will send more workers back to the restaurant industry, effectively ending the shortage of service employees we've been experiencing in this realm for the last several years. If we stop dining out altogether -- out of survivor guilt or just plain distaste for the idea of stuffing our faces while friends and neighbors continue to suffer -- we will be effectively and exponentially increasing unemployment rates.

Jeremy Eaton

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Nemo Restaurant

100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: South Beach

Azul Restaurant

500 Brickell Key Dr.
Miami, FL 33131

Category: Restaurant > Contemporary

Region: Central Dade

Shoji Sushi

100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Category: Restaurant > Asian

Region: South Beach

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To my mother's gratification, I will listen to her. I will do what I do. Eat. Drink. Write. And encourage the food community, from chefs to diners, not to forget the good things in life.

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