meal. Appetizers serve to stimulate an appetite for food served at traditional meals,
such as lunch or dinner, but should not be
considered the meal itself. The commercial was wrong: it is not legal just to eat
appetizers for dinner. Cheesy nachos and
fried mozzarella are not food suitable for
Sunday dinner, and the scales of justice
have not tipped in favor of fat over complex carbohydrates.
All this leads to the real legal dilemma: is the new sub-specialty of practice,
defending those accused of eating “bad
diets,” a viable area of boutique practice? Should we call the webmasters
and forge ahead with a mega-budget to
promote the defense of those who have
forgotten the distinction between appetizers and dinner?
Actually, maybe a political movement would be better. Forget tea parties
— we need a political movement that
promotes Parmesan truffle fries as real
food, suitable for dinner without broccoli on the side. Imagine the societal chaos
when the Supreme Court compares
French fries to Brussels sprouts and
rules they are both a healthy vegetable,
or when the Court rules, 9–0, that deepfried cheese curds are an acceptable
alternative to an apple. Someone other
than courtaphiles might actually read a
Supreme Court decision. NWL
147–8; Spanish Table: The Cuisines and Wines
of Spain, Marimar Torres (Doubleday: Garden
City) 1986, p. 11; The Art of Russian Cuisine,
Anne Volokh (Collier Books: New York) 1983, pp,
11–13; and, Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson (Oxford University Press: Oxford) 1999,
5. Id. Accessed 05-18-11, citing Food in History,
Reay Tannahill (Crown: New York) 1988, p. 69.
6. Id. Accessed 5-18-11, citing Oxford Companion
to Food, Alan Davidson (Oxford University
Press: Oxford) 1999, p. 387.
7. Id. Accessed 5-18-11, citing An A to Z of Food and
Drink, John Ayto (Oxford University Press: Ox-
ford) 2002 (p. 336).
David Skeen is a
trative law judge
for the state of
Arizona and a
He wishes to thank
for her editing
assistance. He can be reached at
2. Thesaurus.com, accessed 5-18-11.
3. Thesaurus.com, accessed 5-18-11.
4. Food Timeline FAQs, www.foodtimeline.org/
foodfaq7.html#appetizers. Accessed 5-18-11, citing “Bite-Size Cuisine,” Eve Zibart, Washington
Post, Sept. 4, 1998, p. N26; Food in History, Reay
Tannahill (Crown: New York) 1988, p. 69; Around
the Roman Table: Food and Feasting in Ancient
Rome, Patrick Faas (Palgrave MacMillan:New
York) 1994, pp. 78–9; Italian Cuisine: A Cultural
History, Alberto Capatti & Massimo Montanari
(Columbia University Press: New York) 1999, pp.
DOESN’T CUT IT
Whether you go to trial or not, litigation is a tough arena. So when you’re
determining the strengths and weaknesses of your case, gut feelings just
don’t cut it. Tsongas provides a unique combination of people, experience,
and methodologies to help you develop a successful strategy. That’s
why attorneys, corporations, and municipalities have been relying on
us for over three decades. But don’t just take our word for it, check out
Tsongas.com and see what our clients have to say.