Recently, I found inspiration coming from two people who gave a whole new spin on food chains, particularly, The Olive Garden. A small news columnist from North Dakota found her world colliding with late celebrity, Anthony Bourdain. After the release of her news article,
"THE EATBEAT: Long-awaited Olive Garden receives a warm welcome" , the writer's welcome was not so warm.
The article went viral with tons of criticism because Hagerty wrote about an establishment that was a BIG deal to her small town, where naysayers gave sarcastic remarks taking impact away from the news commentary and blasting pure negativity on the writer.
While the jokes were flying all over the internet, Bourdain came to the woman's defense recognizing her heart was made of gold. More importantly, the elderly writer seemingly shared Bourdain's vision similar to Parts Unknown, where Anthony is showcasing food, drink, and culture. Being the kind-hearted soul the Peabody Award Winner was, he quickly took the mockery to a different level. He published her work, "Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews." turning the snark into spark!
While I found the story of Mr. Bourdain Nobel and chivalrous, I'm reminded that kindness goes a long way. While the great chef, travel journalist and news commentator shared culinary art from around the world, he also made an impact setting an example for those to follow.
As far as Marilyn Hagerty's work, you bet I just ordered a copy! I'm also heading into a new venture for my own writing. As of tomorrow, I'll be writing reviews on local businesses in Fort Collins, CO. Much like Hagerty and Bourdain, I want to share my love and passion for food, writing and the culture in which I now live.
Keep in mind, this article isn't for me, it's for you. Treat others the way you want to be treated and learn kindness over sarcasm. Who knows? You might be the next person who is the target of mean, but wouldn't like to revel in the light of those around you?