While everyone in the food world knows about the obvious stalwarts of the farm-to-table movement, what people rarely measure is the impact that these giants have on the rest of the industry. After all, what’s the point of starting a movement if people don’t follow you and put their own signature touches on sustainable eating? And sometimes, chefs and restaurants can make the concept of locavorism exciting and innovating. Here are ten restaurants around the country who are redefining the farm-to-table movement.
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Winner: Chis Jansing
earns high marks for hosting live coverage on MSNBC for five hours Sunday night, offering an real-time, in-depth look at the unfolding discussions. Chris Jansing
Winner: Mark Ambinder
National Journal's White House correspondent, Mark Ambinder, deserves a mention for, well. Being psychic. In fact, The Daily Show's played a clip from early last December in which Jon Stewart Ambinder astutely predicted the debt ceiling debate.
Winner: The Five
The Five gets a mention for just being so damn giddy in their coverage of the debt talks. And for, in many respects, picking the winning team.
Winner: Major Garrett
National Journal's has presented a nuanced look at the debt ceiling debate, essentially noting that " Major Garrett politicians are creating an economic consequence, not the other way around."
Winner: Shepard Smith
is due a little credit for his signature candor in accusing Congress of putting the American people through a " Shepard Smith kabuki theater" for nothing. That's practically poetry.
Winner: Jay Carney
White House Press Secretary
Jay Carney makes the "winners" list for really coming into his own during the debates. Although we do hope he at least considers sending Ed Henry a nice Edible Arrangement or something.
Winner: Fareed Zakaria
gets a nod for voicing his Fareed Zakaria extreme frustration in an articulate, level-headed manner.
Winner: Bill O'Reilly
gets a nod for sticking to his guns without losing sight of reality. He's able to Bill O'Reilly criticize the Tea Party without resorting to, you know. Calling the movement's followers " terrorists."
CNBC tops the list for sticking to taped programming Sunday night instead of providing live coverage. For some reason.
Loser: Barack Obama
Sure, the President isn't a media figure in the strictest sense of the term, but he's essentially the "face" of government (which means that, yeah, not too many people are thrilled with him right now) and his
Twitter account's spam debacle are certainly not winning Barack Obama any points.
Loser: Huffington Post
The Huffington Post makes the list for a publishing a post "raising the possibility" that
doctored a video clip of a White House briefing to make CBS' Andrew Breitbart appear "distraught over the debt compromise." Norah O'Donnell The site has since removed the post and issued an apology to Breitbart.
Loser: Andrew Breitbart
Breitbart gets a nod, too, for
promoting what was essentially a non-story.
Loser: Don Imus
for apparently letting his disillusion with the ongoing debt talks... and his impatience with Don Imus ... Neil Cavuto get the best of him.
Loser: Ann Coulter
makes the list for telling Ann Coulter that " Sean Hannity we secretly want the government shutdown," prompting Hannity to declare her "dead wrong."