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Is this all a big Kabuki dance? I hope not. And I’ll be disappointed if it is. And I'll probably be in need of some liquid refreshment.
Luckily New York City still has many such places offering sustenance to weary travelers. And at one such place, the acclaimed Northern Spy restaurant in the East Village, Keep Food Legal will be holding a happy hour (beer, wine, and cocktail specials!) and soda salon following the public hearing on Tuesday.
“Northern Spy is proud to host the Keep Food Legal Happy Hour because we believe in a robust and open debate on food policy and access issues,” says co-owner Christophe Hille. "We think that any time one group in a position of power dictates limits on what another group may consume, it's worth at least being skeptical.”
Learn more about the happy hour and soda salon here. After all, you're invited. And as an added incentive, we’ll be giving away one $50 gift certificate to Northern Spy to a random Keep Food Legal member (existing or new) in attendance.
If you can't make it to the happy hour and you’d like to submit comments of your own related to the proposed soda ban—something Keep Food Legal will be doing—you may do so here before Tuesday's 5 p.m. deadline.
Baylen J. Linnekin, a lawyer, is executive director of Keep Food Legal, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit that advocates in favor of food freedom—the right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods of our own choosing.