As part of our ongoing series stumping and eating let’s turn today to the state of Ohio. Some argue that Ohio could be the most important state for both parties to control if they want to win the 2012 Race to the White House. President Obama has spent allot of time in the Buckeye state making stops at eateries and greeting customers. Food like clothing, hair, and speech are important identifiers for candidates and ways to say to each community’s residents, I am like you, share the same likes, values, and therefore support me on Election Day. While campaigning in Ohio recently the president attended an ice cream social at Washington Park in Sandusky. Each stop and event provides the opportunity for the candidate to identify with local favorite culinary traditions and foods and thereby the locals who enjoy them. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in Columbus as become a must stop for candidates running for office because its great ice cream place with long lines located in large renovated building converted into a thriving iconic indoor food market that is well trafficked by Ohio voters.
Interview with Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream: Listen [20:00]: http://indianapublicmedia.org/eartheats/ice-cream-sorbet-dessert/
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream short film: http://www.jenisicecreams.com/
Ice Cream Series: http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Ice+Cream+Series
Stumping And Eating Series : http://www.foodasalens.com/search?q=Stumping+And+Eating