Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tanner: Corporate bashing is overdone

Christopher Tanner
If one judges by blog postings, responses, etc., the Capital Region gives the impression of being heavily populated by people who disdain anything to do with chains of any sort -- food, hardware, clothing, etc. Perhaps that's an accurate impression, or perhaps it's simply because those who think that way are more vociferous than most.

Anyway, Christopher Tanner, formerly one of our leading culinary educators when he was on staff at Schenectady County Community College, Facebooked his thoughts on that sort of attitude. I'm sharing them with you here. (Chris by the way, now is director of the new Culinary Arts Institute at Montgomery County Community College in Pennsylvania.)
"Is anyone else getting tired of people telling you what you should and shouldn't eat and how 'bad' corporations are and how evil manufacturing companies are and even chain restaurants? A chain restaurant btw, started off as a single location. Corporations -- some have issues, others do great things for all of us. I may not eat foie gras, but who am I to tell someone they shouldn't?

"I have consulted for a number of companies over the years and question people's motives in bashing them. People will fall head over heels for a pork producer in their back yard, but as soon as they have larger farms or God forbid farms in other regions of the country, they now become evil in their eyes. If that company sets a high standard of quality, respect for the animal, and implements it nationwide can that not work together with the other options we all have?

"Just venting over a conversation I had a few moments ago, I'm sure I'm opening a can of worms here. Don't let them get out though, they may damage your local eco system."

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