Simon Majumdar, author (Eat My Globe, Eating for Britain, Dos Hermanos) and TV personality (Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, and more), now prepares to embark on his biggest journey yet: to earn American citizenship. Living by the saying “Go Everywhere, Eat Everything,” Simon will use this mantra to discover what it means to be an American citizen.
This is where you come in, dear Mutineer readers. Simon wants us to help him discover what it means to be American by sharing our food and beverage culture with him. No, not by sending him to The French Laundry (though I doubt he would decline!), but he wants to take it beyond that.
According to Simon, “If you are a brewer, winemaker or distiller, I want to come and help you make your wine, beer and spirits. If you are a farmer, I want to come and help you harvest your crops and sell them at farmers markets. If you are a restaurant owner or run a food truck, I will come and help in your kitchens, serve customers and even bus tables. If you are a hunter I want to be with you as you show me your skills and how you break down the carcasses of the animals you stalk. If you are a fisherman, I want to head out into the rough waters with you as you catch some of the finest fish and seafood in the world and if you are a cheese maker, I want to join you getting elbow deep in curds.”
He takes this even further, to suggest being involved in chili cook offs, joining family celebrations in vibrant ethnic communities to learn about their cuisine, attending food festivals or festivals celebrating a single ingredient, and more.
The “FED, WHITE & BLUE” journey will begin in early 2013 and will form part of his research for a book and a potential TV show of the same name. Do you have a suggestion? Let Simon know at firstname.lastname@example.org
My suggestion, Simon, would be the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this October. Join 49,000 of your closest American craft beer loving friends for a celebration of all things American craft beer.
Brewers, winemakers, distillers, teamakers, mead makers and more, what are you waiting for?