It goes without saying that there is a great deal of controversy about September 11th 2001. Conspiracy theories abound. But the fact remains that however this tragedy came about, many innocent people lost their lives and a great city was traumatised.
My cousin, Jim Stewart, was the General Manager of Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park. I wrote to him to ask what would be appropriate food at The Underground Restaurant to serve on that date. He replied:
"Hi: we don't do much dining on that date.During that time I was tabbed by the Office of Emergency Management in NYC to be one of the coordinators of the food effort at the site, as we had to serve about 40 thousand meals a day on the site as it was considered a rescue effort upon initiation. Only after about 5 days did we figure out that everyone was dead. I knew a lot of the chefs and had run the football stadium so they knew I had the ability to organize food for large groups, thus they called me. I ended up working on the project about 3 months.
The restaurant at the top of the building was called Windows on the World. Michael Lomonoco was the chef, I had worked with him at the 21 club. Many of my former employees from Tavern on the Green worked there. Unfortunately many of the people who perished were friends of ours. Surviving members of the staff have organized a restaurant called Colors."
Jim (we call him Jamie) was mentioned in much of the press at the time. He quit his job to help out, pulling in favours from his contacts in the restaurant trade who donated "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in food and labour. In this interesting article in caterersearch he mentions that "Chinatown restaurants alone sent 500 meals a day to the ship" aptly called The Spirit of New York, which acted as a dockside canteen for disaster workers. The article also talks about the concerns of New York's health department which was nervous about food coming from so many different restaurants "After the Oklahoma City bombing a lot of relief workers were getting sick".
People need to eat. Whatever happens. Chefs and the food industry play their part in times of emergency just as doctors, nurses and firemen do.
Notes on the forthcoming menu...
Cocktail with colloidal silver
Mini home baked poppy seed bagels with lox and cream cheese
Mac and cheese (Macaroni Cheese) baked in the Aga
White Chocolate brownie with pink peppercorns and monatomic gold
This menu (subject to change) represents both typically New York food and elements of mysticism and mystery, so beloved of the conspiracy theorists with regard to this historic event.
Monatomic gold was used in The Philadelphia Experiment, a US navy experiment where they coated a destroyer with monatomic gold and it disappeared for 15 minutes. When it reappeared sailors were found embedded in the metal. A second experiment resulted in the ship being teleported 200 miles away.
Colloidal silver is supposedly imbued with anti-bacterial elements and effective as a treatment for flu and gonorrhea. This could all be bollocks of course.
Thanks to transplanted New Yorker Krista of Londonelicious for her help.
But you have to drink it everyday for 30 years to go this colour!