What do you serve for lunch at a U.N. food crisis summit?
You clearly want to impress dozens of heads of state but without laying on opulent meals when up to 1 billion people are threatened by hunger.
U.N. organisers of the June 3-5 food summit in Rome are treading a fine line, putting typically Italian ingredients on the menus, such as mozzarella cheese, pasta, spinach, beans, risotto and parmesan. No pizzas, though.
The main exception to traditional Italian ingredients are pineapples, requiring more energy to transport from the tropics. Veal is on the menu twice and beef once — environmentalists say vegetarianism is best for the climate because cows need to eat about 16 kilos of grain or grass to put on a kilo of meat.
So here is Tuesday’s menu:
Vol au vent with maize and mozzarella
Pasta with a cream of pumpkin and prawns
Braised veal slices with cherry tomatoes and basil
Spinach a la romaine
Fruit salad with ice cream
They have even gone easy on the wine: today it is the Orvieto Classico Poggio Calvelli 2005; not among Italy’s most expensive.
Any better advice? Maybe they should all go vegetarian?