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Saturday Exchange With FoodTV Executives

I live in Manhattan and about three weekends a month, my husband and I drive down to Soho for lunch at Blue Ribbon Sushi and chocolates at Kee's Chocolates. Went into Kee's Saturday afternoon and was waiting on line and perusing the options when two men came in behind me, to whom Kee passed a box of chocolates. Looking at the line, one of them men said something along the lines of "Kee's has the best chocolates in New York - we should know, we work at FoodTV." Putting aside the inference I drew that they thought those waiting in line were tourists, my first thought was - what do people at FoodTV know about food these days - most of the shows have very little to do with decent food. So, with my big mouth, I turned and said "Well, if you work for FoodTV, perhaps you could do something so that there are actually shows about real cooking and real food." They looked a bit stunned (well, I would have too ....), kind of muttered something and walked out. In retrospect, it was a bit rude on my part, but I could not resist an opportunity to give some feedback to FoodTV - there are so few shows on it that I want to watch anymore. Who cares how red hots are made anyway - well, I'm sure people do or they wouldn't broadcast what they do. And I have to concede that it's not called "CookingTV" or "GourmetTV" .... Anyway - gave me some satisfaction.

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  1. Kudos to you. I would have said the same thing.

    1. Love it!! I think I can thank you from a lot of chowhounds. I would have loved to have seen their faces. And you were not rude- they certainly sounded like pompous idiots!!

      1. ::::::Applause::::: Good for you, Ruth. They obviously weren't expecting a response at all - except maybe someone fawning all over them. Better that they got a little slap upside the head....although it probably didn't sink in.

        1. Who says that, is what I want to know?!? (At least, out loud!) (Just to clarify, not you, the men!) They were probably waterboys for Sandra Lee's show or something!

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          1. re: Katie Nell

            True! I may have been overstating it calling them "executives" ... but they certainly were self-important!

          2. You spoke for many of us with your remark. I would have done much the same!