FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (NNS) -- It's been said an army travels on its stomach. Well, the same can be said for USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). To prove this new maxim, Art Ginsberg, better known nationwide as Mr. Food, celebrated HST's port visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. by treating crew members to some of his famous cooking.
"I can't tell you how much I appreciate what these guys and gals in the U.S. Navy, and all of our armed forces, are doing for this country," said Ginsberg.
On HST's first day in port, Mr. Food welcomed more than 35 crewmembers to his Ft. Lauderdale studio and world headquarters. The crew was treated to a taste-test menu of items being considered for his new restaurant, Mr. Food's Kitchen Cafe, planned to open in 2003.
"It was good. I really like his spinach and artichoke dip," said AN Julemarie Vegavelez from HST's Supply Department. "Only Sailors were there so it seemed like a VIP event."
Day two saw Mr. Food taking his nationally-televised show to HST's flight deck. Crewmembers gathered around to watch Mr. Food and his team cook a pot of, appropriately, navy bean soup.
"Navy bean soup is a delicious, no-nonsense meal that everyone, with or without sea legs, will love," said Ginsberg.
To round out the 90-second vignette, Mr. Food whipped up a pan of his delicious chocolate cake, a meal that gave HST Sailors a welcome taste of home.
On the third and final day of HST's Mr. Food marathon, Ginsberg, along with HST's own mess and FSA staff, treated more than 80 local dignitaries and crewmembers to an invitation only meal in Ward Room Three. The meal, which consisted of tomato salad, Finger Lakes chicken, mushroom Charlotte, and his famous double-crusted chocolate chip cheesecake, was enjoyed by, among others, HST's Commanding Officer,Capt. Michael R. Groothousen, Rear Adm. John Morgan, the commander of the Enterprise Battle Group, and a host of other distinguished visitors from the local community.
On hand to assist in the meal was Ginsberg's wife Ethel, Howard Rosenthal, the show's creative director and his wife Patty. Mr. Food almost always cooks with his friends and family. In fact, according to Rosenthal, "That's what makes the show so special."
Mr. Food is a former Navy man who started his career aboard the USS Oglethorpe during the Korean War.
"I loved My Navy time. That's part of the reason I brought the show here," said Ginsberg. "I believe everyone should serve at least two years."
Mr. Food has been broadcasting 90-second cooking vignettes since 1972 and is best known for the tagline "Ooh it's so good." His program is aired daily by 165 news affiliates and is seen by ten million Americans. He is also the author of 32 highly successful cookbooks.
According to Ginsberg, he's just happy to give back to the Sailors that protect America every day.
"Sharing some of my quick and easy cooking tips with the men and women of the Navy is the least I can do," he said.
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