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Posted: 6/4/2008 4:37:04 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 4:37:19 AM EST by ChinoUSMC]
Leaders feast on Italian fare during hunger summit
Associated Press

ROME - For presidents and premiers at summits, delicacies washed down by fine wines are all part of the agenda.

But the puff pastries with corn and mozzarella, pasta with pumpkin and shrimp, and rolls of thinly sliced veal served up Tuesday at a U.N. conference on fighting hunger were a contrast to bleak accounts of starving people around the world.

The menu was in French but the fare was strictly Italian, served in a dining room at the headquarters of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

The repast was accompanied by a chilled white wine from Orvieto in the hills of Umbria north of Rome.

"It's pretty standard stuff," said FAO spokesman Nick Parsons, describing the meal as "pleasant, light and nutritious."

For decades, the FAO has striven for a sober culinary touch since an embarrassing moment during a similar summit called in 1974 amid a food crisis and oil shock.

The foreign minister of Bangladesh, which had suffered a severe famine, addressed a nearly deserted conference hall as most of the delegates nibbled on canapDes at a nearby cocktail party.

Commentators howled hypocrisy.

But in Rome, one of Europe's premier gastronomic capitals, it's hard to deliver a spare meal - and while they are here delegates will be eating such specialties as cheese mousse, parmesan risotto and lemon mousse with raspberry sauce.

The top delegates - heads of state and government - were invited to the luncheon in a special dining room. Everyone else ate in the cafeteria.

"Leaders can eat what they want as long as they take decisive action to deliver the policies and the aid in agriculture that is needed to ensure that poor people who are suffering from high food prices are helped," said Alexander Woollcombe, a spokesman for the British aid group Oxfam.

The FAO headquarters was intended to be a ministry for running World War II dictator Benito Mussolini's African conquests, but the regime collapsed before the building was finished and it was later turned over to the U.N. agency.

The FAO luncheon was not the only food game in town for delegates.

Premier Silvio Berlusconi was co-hosting a state dinner Tuesday evening with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at Villa Madama, a Renaissance villa.

Berlusconi aides said they planned what they call a "Tricolore menu" - a meal that evokes the green, white and red of the Italian flag and has become a standard of formal dining under the patriotic premier.

For the Tuesday dinner, guests were being served pasta with pesto, cheese and tomatoes, a beef steak with a tricolore side dish of vegetables and pistachio, and vanilla and strawberry ice cream.

The wines, of course, will be Italian, as well as the after dinner drinks - grappa and limoncello.

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Now I'm hungry
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:38:12 AM EST
Doesn't surprise me in the least.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:48:46 AM EST
At least they're not turning it into fuel....

The UN may generally suck... But they're opposed to the ethanol crap at least....

Stuck Clock, 2x a day....
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 4:52:43 AM EST
Um, so?
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:02:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/4/2008 5:06:57 AM EST by Fatbert]
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:42:10 AM EST
Meanwhile that little Hitler wannabe from Iran was stirring the pot while eating his pasta........
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:46:24 AM EST
The UN is elitism at its best.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:46:52 AM EST

Originally Posted By AngeredKabar:
Doesn't surprise me in the least.
The elitist are at their best. Everybody else is starving and they are eating "high on the hog."
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:49:33 AM EST
Par for the course. During OIF1, UNICEF and the UN WFP had a fleet of brand new BMW 7-series sedans to move around Baghdad.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 5:57:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Fatbert:
Guess who's coming to dinner.


There's a real piece of work! His country would benefit from a
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 6:34:13 AM EST
BFD. Who cares? I'm unable to get worked up about this, and don't understand why anyone else would, either. Foreign dignitaries have nice meal! Film at 11. Meh.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 7:18:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cypselus:
BFD. Who cares? I'm unable to get worked up about this, and don't understand why anyone else would, either. Foreign dignitaries have nice meal! Film at 11. Meh.


These are the same types that decry Westerners as wasteful...amd probably will come up with some sort of scheme to tax people to fund their mandates.

Co-incidentally, the FAO and Moon just stated that 20 billion dollars worth of chow is "over-consumed" annually and that is exactly what they need to solve this latest "crisis".

Also, look up the word hypocrite.

It's like Al preaching while flying everywhere and living in a mansion.

Link Posted: 6/4/2008 7:26:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By Possum-Sandwich:
Par for the course. During OIF1, UNICEF and the UN WFP had a fleet of brand new BMW 7-series sedans to move around Baghdad.


That's usually because BMW is one of the few car companies that make and sell armored vehicles. It's called the executive series I believe. They are armored for anywhere between handgun rounds up to .50bmg, have run flat tires and and more powerful engine to carry the extra weight. My friend's mom bought a Mercedes S600 a few years ago that used to be owned by a Federal Judge, the windows were about 3/4in thick and were lexan. There was kevlar panels inside the doors. It got 9 mpg so she sold it about 2 months later but it was fun to ride in.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 7:27:30 AM EST
Frankly, I'm surprised the UN has been allowed to exist as long as it has. It should've gone the way of the League of Nations a few decades ago for how impotent and incompetent they are.
Link Posted: 6/4/2008 7:28:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dtrain323i:

Originally Posted By Possum-Sandwich:
Par for the course. During OIF1, UNICEF and the UN WFP had a fleet of brand new BMW 7-series sedans to move around Baghdad.


That's usually because BMW is one of the few car companies that make and sell armored vehicles. It's called the executive series I believe. They are armored for anywhere between handgun rounds up to .50bmg, have run flat tires and and more powerful engine to carry the extra weight. My friend's mom bought a Mercedes S600 a few years ago that used to be owned by a Federal Judge, the windows were about 3/4in thick and were lexan. There was kevlar panels inside the doors. It got 9 mpg so she sold it about 2 months later but it was fun to ride in.

These were not armored. The standard glass was obvious.
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