December 4, 2007

We're Number One? Really?

Magazine called Cooking Light, which runs "supper clubs" around the country in addition to printing a monthly collection of recipes, picks Seattle as the nation's number one city for healthy eating, just ahead of Portland. Strange, cuz their suppers are sponsored by Benefiber, Tums and Viva paper towels. Their most recent local event was held at that temple of elegance and haute cuisine, The Edgewater.

Aw, c'mon, Cornichon! Don't be such a frigging cynic! Magazine's editorial heart is in the right place (see below the jump), even if the marketing department sometimes seems to be on a different wavelength. Happy to learn that our legions of restaurant cooks are making a living wage. ¿De veras, muchachos? ¿Realmente?

Cooking Light's criteria:

We ranked major metropolitan cities on the following 15 criteria, calculated on a per-capita basis, then grouped into categories--eat smart, be fit, live well--and factored on a four-point scale.

Does the city have critically acclaimed food professionals? Source: James Beard-nominated restaurants
How do its restaurants rate? Source: Zagat Survey
Is organic dining a part of the local dining scene? Source:
How many chefs work in the city? Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Do they earn more than a living wage? Source: BLS
How many farmers' markets does the city have? Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture Farmer's Markets Directory;
Do residents make use of fresh produce? Source: CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Are gourmet ingredients available via national chains? Source: Trader Joe's and Whole Foods locations
Are residents in good health? Source: BRFSS
What are the cities with the lowest rates of diabetes? Source: CDC and BRFSS
What are the cities where residents maintain healthy weights? Source: CDC and BRFSS
How important is exercise to the city's residents? Source: CDC and BRFSS
How much green space does the city provide, and is it well maintained? Source: The Trust for Public Land
Is the city easy to explore on foot? Source: American Podiatric Association

Posted by Ronald Holden at December 4, 2007 1:40 PM | TrackBack

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