Looking For Food Freedom In New York

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Some people are having fun in New York and enjoying unique fine dining experiences. But they’re stepping off the main streets to do it, and they’re breaking the law.

Underground supper clubs are proliferating. They offer a chance for small groups of people — both New York residents and tourists alike — to gather in exclusive locations and eat meals prepared by professional chefs.

But they’re not sitting well with the New York Gestapo, which is headed by a control freak nanny mayor who thinks he knows best what people should eat and drink.

New York health authorities say the supper clubs need to obtain permits and be inspected lest diners fall prey to… oh the horrors!… foodborne illnesses. A reporter talking about the “clandestine” dinner parties gasps, “They are completely unregulated.” Supper club hosts face the prospect of $2,000 fines and cease and desist orders if caught.

The city health department issued a statement that said, “The city does not allow meals to be served to members of the public in someone’s home.” Friends and family members apparently aren’t considered “members of the public,” even though the only difference between a supper club and a dinner party gathering is the fact that money changes hands and New York tax thieves can’t get their grubby mitts on it for their “fair share.”

Joining one of the supper clubs can cost anywhere from $40 to $200. Underground diners find each other through newsletters, word-of-mouth and websites like this one.

Hat tip: The Libertarian Republic

Bob Livingston

founder of Personal Liberty Digest™, is an ultra-conservative American author and editor of The Bob Livingston Letter™, in circulation since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • mathis1689

    Bloomberg and his Communist food nannies are just jealous because no one will let them become a member.

    • wavesofgrain

      HaHa…I bet you are right!!! All his money will not get him an ‘invitation to dinner”. Very few would want that guy at any party!

      • Alan

        The people of Colorado sure didn’t want him at their party.

        • wavesofgrain

          They showed him, didn’t they??!!!

      • mathis1689

        Who knows? Maybe he and Anthony Weiner can start their own. Only weiners on the menu though!

        • wavesofgrain

          HaHa…another good one!!!

  • Eric Knutson

    can I get a 32 oz soda with my meal

  • Chester

    Would like to see that taken to court. Am afraid the good city and mayor would lose.

    • rbrooks

      lol. you might want to check those local ordinances.

  • Zan

    A man who wants to regulate when, where, who, how and what people can eat is clearly a danger and should not hold any type of public office… you would expect this type of extreme social control from places like North Korea, but at least North Koreans can eat whatever they can get their hands on.

    Its funny how all this countries who the majority of Americans see as “inferior” can at least kick out corrupt politicians… yet mighty America can’t do it, and if we are told to eat with our fingers and drink out of a bowl like a dog we will do it.

    • Vis Fac

      Yet this (the regulation of others) is typical one dimensional idiot ology. How many statutes allow for an activity as opposed to legislation forbidding activity? Then look at the sponsors of these legislative acts to see who the the real menaces is. One word DUMBOCRITES!

      We the people are the rightful masters of both
      Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.– Abraham Lincoln

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

      Semper-Fi

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        Too bad that Abraham Lincoln, the Dictator, didn’t live by his own words.

        • Vis Fac

          Well if you are referring to the fact that Lincoln made a condition that the south ratify the fourteenth amendment you are sadly mistaken for you forget the south SECEDED and was not part of the US and therefore not subject to Constitutional guarantees.

          We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.– Abraham Lincoln

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          Semper-Fi

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            I’m referring to the fact that Lincoln ruthlessly suppressed dissension in the North. I’m referring to the fact that he engineered a confrontation at Fort Sumter in order to provoke a war with the Southerners who merely wanted to have the sovereignty of their choice. I’m referring to the fact that he caused the deaths of over 650,000 people because he wanted his precious Freedom-robbing Union to continue to pillage the South. I’m referring to the fact that he lied and manipulated the people to get his way.
            http://mises.org/daily/3704
            http://archive.mises.org/3807/largest-mass-execution-in-american-history/
            http://mises.org/etexts/ostrowski.asp

          • armyvet706

            You are right. Lincoln was a worse tyrant than Obama. But that is not to give Obama any credit. Because he too is an idiot.

  • Thomas Gearjammer Marlowe

    Now we have speak EA(T)SY? Seriously?

  • The Snarf

    But…but..I thought Bloomie was “pro-choice”! The only ‘choice’ he doesn’t want to ban or regulate is at-will abortion.

  • MontieR

    The ruler of Blombergastan forbids it. Freaking lunacy.

  • TheOriginalDaveH

    Whoever would have imagined that you would have to go to a speak-easy to get the food of your choice? AmeriKa has been lost.

  • TheOriginalDaveH
    • wavesofgrain

      Isn’t it amazing that all Bloomberg’s money was in VAIN!!! The gun rights advocates WON!! This was a grassroots effort, and they were outspent TEN to ONE!!! And they won!!! It is an encouraging omen for the 2014 elections

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        I hope so.

      • rbrooks

        what did they win. those laws are still in place. as are all of the other current restrictions on guns and gun ownership.

        • Robert Messmer

          True the laws are still in place. Hopefully it did send a message to others that if they don’t listen to their constituents and follow the Constitution, then they will lose that which they prize most–power. At the very least it did cut the Democrats control of the state legislature by two since Republicans, not Democrats now hold those seats.

          • rbrooks

            nothing changed. where is the victory. we now have even more restrictions to the 2nd amendment.

  • Don 2

    STILL VOTING DEMOCRAT?

    YOU’RE STUCK ON STUPID!

  • IBCAMN

    it comes down to money,that’s all it is,plain n simple!mayor wants his cut,and if you don’t pay up he’s gonna send out his goones to cause you problems!
    ah wait,he’s the mob!!is bloomberg a leftover from the mob era in NYC!?
    it’s all about the money!!

  • NObama_Holder_Reid_Pelosi_2012

    Sounds like stories from the Prohibition days and the “Speakeasies”

    • rbrooks

      there is no correlation between prohibition and this.

      • TheOriginalDaveH

        There is no correlation between reality and your comments, Flashman.

  • Carlos

    It may be about money but I think it’s more about control. The guy is really
    A true control freak. He must live a unhappy life because there’s so much he doesn’t control. It’s like a sickness.

  • rbrooks

    so, bob,you really want to end the health department. why stop there. why not end all of the food inspections at all levels. i am certain we can trust the business owners to maintain a safe and healthy establishment. except we have many who are not in compliance now. even with all of the regulations.

    you advocate breaking the current laws? or is it a selective view of whom has to follow the laws.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      How long do you expect a restaurant would stay in business, rbrooks, if they poisoned their customers?
      Liberal Progressives live in a very strange world where they are surrounded by evil people seeking to harm them. The only thing I can figure is that they are projecting their own way of thinking onto other people.

      • rbrooks

        you mean these restaurants closed after they had poisoned their customers?
        golden corral, mcdonalds, arbys, wendys, burger king, taco bell, and so on and so on.

        wonder how much worse it would be without those inspections.

        you live in a world of delusion and denial.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          Only an ignoramus would believe that any restaurant owner would want to poison his/her patrons, especially if they were part of a nationwide chain. And only an ignoramus would believe that Government could do anything to stop a restaurant owner who did want to do that.
          All Government meddlers do is cost us a lot of money. Money that could have been used by the Private Sector to make things safer and more pleasing for the rest of us. Every Government employee not only costs us money for his/her salary, but they also inhibit other people’s productivity costing us even more.
          Those Folks, who would like to get an estimate for what all that Government meddling is costing us, can read this:
          http://www.scribd.com/doc/144210931/Wayne-Crews-Ten-Thousand-Commandments-An-Annual-Snapshot-of-the-Federal-Regulatory-State-2013

    • Robert Messmer

      Based on the news, its only after the public has been poisoned that the Health Department steps in so kind of hard to see where the so-called inspections to anything to protect the public.

  • Harold Olsen

    Just wait. Sooner or later Mayor Blooming Idiot will decide that private dinner parties in private homes are illegal or subject to being taxed. New Yorkers, keep electing scumbags like this and you can kiss your freedoms good-bye. But, if you keep voting for POS’s like this then I guess you get what you deserve. You’ll get no sympathy from me.