LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Time now for your letters. Last week, WEEKEND EDITION food commentator Bonny Wolf reported that diners are enjoying meals that are about as local as they can get - meals served on the farm with the farmers who grew the food. Dick Schwartz from Seattle, Washington, emailed us saying it amounts to, quote, "snobbery." He writes: To suggest that farm meals costing over $100 per person are a mechanism for connecting people with locally grown food is preposterous in the extreme.
But Karen Steinwachs from Santa Barbara, California works on a farm that hosts such dinners and she says they help showcase the fruits of their labor. She posted on our website: The price is $100 per person, but that includes the meal, all the wine and a musician. She says it's hard to break even with the cost of raising food. And she notes there's the chef, the servers and the linen rentals to pay for.
And for Rosalinda Arismendez from Austin, Texas, the farm to fork movement is old news. She emailed: I remember Christmas at my grandfather's place, his hacienda in Mexico. The pig would be killed the day before, women would begin the dough from scratch for the tamales, fresh tortillas, even the pig's blood was not wasted.
My interview with sommelier Paul Grieco about Rieslings also generated some buzz. Jake Romero posted on our web site: Twenty-six smackers for your entry level price point, that's kind of high. I would have liked to see a recommendation in the $6 to 12 range. It's a modern economy after all.
It's almost as if Dan Joel from Burbank, California read his mind. He emailed: Let me recommend a wonderful Riesling by J.W. Morris, a 2010 California Riesling at, dare I say it, $3.99 at Trader Joe's.
Finally, some listeners took issue with a remark I made while interviewing Norwegian reporter Goran Skaalmo. I said I was reminded of the American writer Ayn Rand, in that the alleged gunman talks in his manifesto about the government being too soft, too politically afraid to draw the kind of nationalist lines that he calls for. George Hannigan from Jersey City, New Jersey emailed: The comment completely misrepresented Rand's writings and philosophy and causes me to seriously doubt Ms. Wertheimer's objectivity.
But someone posting under the name Surf Cow wrote on our website: I think the comparison is perfectly valid. Objectivism uses rational self-interest to redefine moral standards.
We welcome your letters. Go to NPR.org and click on the link that says Contact Us. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook at NPRWeekend.
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