If you dine out regularly in large metropolitan areas, odds are excellent you will eventually encounter a famous person sitting nearby. My recent celebrity sightings include Chris Noth from “The Good Wife” and “Sex and the City” in a Manhattan tavern, Jay Leno in a Las Vegas California Pizza Kitchen and British funnyman John Cleese in a Chicago Pan-Asian establishment.
Embarrassing as it is, I often find myself staring at the celeb, wishing I could pull up a chair and join both the meal and the conversation. And because celebrities are usually quite wealthy, I’m confident I won’t have to extend my arm when the check arrives.
Unless of course that celebrity is running for the nation’s highest office. With the election season in high gear, be prepared to get stuck with a bill that includes one, and possibly two commas, if your meal companion is named “Romney” or “Obama.” Worse, you may still walk away hungry.
Case in point? Mitt Romney supporters recently paid $2,500 each to nosh on teensy hamburgers, aka “sliders,” at a Chicago fundraiser.
Sliders? Seriously? I have consumed about 500 sliders in my life, most between 3 and 4 a.m., courtesy of the White Castle hamburger chain. Are they delicious? Absolutely. Nutritious? Highly doubtful. Filling? I would need to eat 20. And if I did, I would pay $13.60, as the price of a slider at my neighborhood White Castle is 68 cents. Cheese is an extra 16 cents. Note to Romney: Should you win, please don’t raise the price of sliders to $2,500 even though some are willing to pay it. Most Americans are still trying to stomach $4 gas.
President Obama knows a thing or two about raising bucks through burgers. If he’s not collecting $40,000 a plate from Hollywood’s elite for a dinner at George Clooney’s house, he’s willing to dine with ordinary citizens if that’s what it takes to pad his campaign coffers.
Originally posted by Tribune Media Services
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