Red, White, And Food

It’s debate night and naturally I curl up on the couch, crack, open a beer, and open up my twitter feed ready to watch one of the best fights of all time. As I take a sip of one of the new pumpkin ciders I got lured into buying by the amazing pumpkin forest end cap at the liquor store, I immediately wish I was drinking the Honey Porter Obama Beer.

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Inspired from the growing craft beer culture, President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After receiving some great recipes from a local brew shop and tips from a couple of home brewers working in the White House, him and his team were able to make their own.

President Obama is getting a lifetime membership to the American Homebrewers Association, to recognize him as the first President to turn the White House into a microbrewery by crafting a White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter.

Check out the Recipe:

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BEER AND POLITICS:

Donald Trump, We Salute You.

For taking credit for the temporary name change of “Budweiser” to “America” during the election.

“They’re so impressed with what our country will become, that they decided to do this before the fact,” he says.

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Unamused with all of the Trump-isms Chicago’s Spiteful Brewing fights back. Hoping to sell some of the new porter and stand their political ground after a recent Trump visit went horribly wrong.  The label’s text doesn’t name Donald Trump, but the implication is clear.

“His brain still functions at a minimal level with a vocabulary of a second grade student,” Spiteful writes on the beer label.

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This sounds good but, I’d rather Chill.

Being the lightweight that I am, I’d rather chill with the “slightly sour and forward thinking”, Bernie Weisse 3.2% Beer.

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But hey, it seems there are plenty of options for everyone’s politically influenced palate.

Vote Food For President:

It’s rare for big corporations to openly endorse a candidate, even during a heated Presidential campaign but many brands do get politically involved in a number of other ways. We can see this through new products inspired by or modeled after candidates and product placement in the election. Small Business and local restaurant owners on the other hand sometimes use it as a way to appeal to a local stance or create interactive campaigns.

At Del Frisco’s Grille, you can “vote on taste” with a choice between two burgers.

“The Donald”:  It’s “sooo yuge, it makes your hands look small.”

“The Hillary,” meanwhile, is classified. To find out what’s actually in the burger, Del Frisco’s asks customers to email a private server at TheHillary@dfrg.com to find out.

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A small Lithuanian restaurant gained international attention thanks to its 6-foot mural titled “Make Everything Great Again”, showing presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin locking lips.

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“We saw similarities between the two heroes (Trump and Putin). … They both have an ego that is too big, and it is funny that they get along well,” Čečkauskas said.

Deborah Marcus Stayman, LCSW (Aventura-Counseling.com), a therapist who specializes in food and the meaning behind what we eat, says that food preferences can tell us about personality traits. Let’s examine the political candidates and the effect of food in politics.

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TRUMP

I’ll take a steak with some water and some reading material please.

 

What do you mean that’s not available?!
“We literally sold almost no Trump Steaks.” According to Sharper Image CEO.

 

In one of the most heated debates of all time one would think that no one would care about the internal temperature of Trumps meat …. Ummmm gross, but this is not the case. His steak order has resulted in a frenzy of news stories and criticism.
Man holding up a protest sign proclaiming: “TRUMP LIKES HIS STEAKS WELL DONE”.
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Fast food kinda guy?

Is this just a case of a Big Mac love affair or can we expect a “make the McRib great again.” campaign in the near future?

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Or is he just channeling the creepy clown in the woods ?

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Whatever the case, at least this candidate is extremely relatable and ethnically diverse.

TACO BOWLS: Cinco De Mayo

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SKITTLES and REFUGEES:

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Skittles’ manufacturer, Wrigley, was not enthusiastic about being used as a political reference in the Trump campaign, releasing a statement to express disapproval, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people.” Do you think this was handled well?

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And DOUGHNUTS! Everyone relates to doughnuts. Is this where De Niro got the punch Donald in the face inspiration?

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Just don’t forget to freshen up after eating all of this food before you give someone a kiss:“I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.” Adding, “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them.”

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Tic Tac, which for obvious reasons is not pleased with their product being pulled into the scandal, released a statement on Twitter against Trump’s comments.

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Speaking of diverse….

HOT SAUCE:

CHICKEN WAFFLES:

Hilary at “Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles

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Does anyone see a trend here?

COLLARD GREENS:

Hilary at “Sweet Potato Sensations“.

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The Government of Food

I just hope that these two will be able to figure out what the deal is with global warming so I can continue to eat my fruits and vegetables in peace.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Democratic platform calls for an emergency climate summit in the first hundred days of the new administration.

In contrast, Donald Trump says that global warming is a Chinese manufactured hoax and plans to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency – the agency responsible for protecting our food supply from toxic pesticides. So, what’s your stance on political food marketing?

9 thoughts

  1. Awesome article! It’s touchy for brands to go for or against a candidate (i.e. Starbucks CEO endorsement of Hillary and Republican’s (er, not Republican’s-Trump Supporters) apparent “boycott” of the brand). Support or lack of support can affect the image of a company because some people are truly that “die-hard” when it comes to political parties. Especially during this election season. But I have to admit, some of the Anti-Trump food and business lines are pretty funny.

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    1. I agree! I think they are hilarious. It’s important to add humor to serious issues. SNL does a great job of this. For brands though, I can see the dilemma of not wanting to take a stance. It’s hard to know who will be offended and if it will result in market loss. On the other hand, in some situations depending on the target market of the brand , it could potentially help.

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  2. I never thought food could tie into politics in so many different ways! Most of your campaigns are brilliant, although it is understandable why some of your brand examples want to quietly slip away from this political race. Great blog!

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  3. Haha! I want some Bernie Weiss!!!! Stat! I bet it is delicious- also my absolute favorite kind of beer! The propaganda is so thick- it is nuts. It covers all aspects of our lives….Poor skittles and tic tacs! 😂 glad they released a statement- made me laugh as skittles states the obvious- candy not people…did he really think that was a good teaching tool???!!!??? DT is such a moron- I really can’t stand it. 😡

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