What Do Japan And Leo’s Have In Common?

Banner - JapenHis name is Chef Yamada! And he comes with a chance to be on Japanese television!!! (may or may not be true, but whatever…)

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Yes, this is real life. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan, Leo O’Donovan’s Dining Hall hosted Executive Chef of Upstairs at Bouley of New York City, Isao Yamada, alongside more than 20 Aramark chefs from around the country this past Friday!

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Feeling like you missed out last Friday because you used all your meal swipes on Einstein’s bagels?  Well, you’re still in luck as Leo’s will be introducing a specialty menu featuring Japanese cuisine brought to us by Chef Yamada starting on February 10th through the 16th.  Bringing a world-renowned chef to Georgetown is “going to be a very positive story about chefs in the U.S. that are open to more variety of healthy options and learning new ingredients and cooking”, a representative for Chef Yamada said in a statement to Leo’s.

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So what are you waiting for, grab a friend and borrow a guest swipe!  Better yet, purchase a meal plan and you’ll never miss out on any of Leo’s special events ever again.

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The White House is in Boiling Water With PETA

LobsterFor many Americans, the White House stands as a beacon of hope and democracy – a symbol of American peace and prosperity. But to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the White House is a place of torture. More specifically: lobster slaughter.

According to DCist, PETA has asked White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford to use a device that would stun and kill lobsters, crabs and other shellfish, instead of killing them in the conventional method – by placing the live lobsters directly in boiling water. The device, aptly (and quite whimsically) named the “Crustastun”, zaps crustaceans and kills them instantly, unlike the boiling water method which, according to PETA, can take up to three grueling minutes to kill lobsters (talk about a slow and painful death!)

Lobster has recently been featured on the White House menu: It was served at this year’s inaugural luncheon and also at the 2011 State Dinner.

We can’t say we at 4E are too surprised at PETA’s request. Though if Comerford and White House chefs take the group seriously and start zapping shellfish, we – much like the lobsters – will be stunned.

Oh, and just for good measure: Court dismissed. Bring in the dancin’ lobstahs!

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