Any olive lovin’ person knows about the pits. Freshly pitted olives are worth the effort because they usually have more flavor. Of course the challenge is making sure you pit them all to prevent a pit from ending up in your food. I know I forget a pit or two. Luckily, I have not have bitten down so hard on a missed olive pit to screw up my teeth.
Another pitfall are the stones in dry beans. I do not know how pebbles find themselves in dry beans, but they do and forgetting a pit or a pebble is the bane of good chefs everywhere.
Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich, unfortunately was on the receiving end of a olive pit in his wrap.
Dennis Kucinich Sues Congressional Cafeteria Over Olive Pit, By John Cook, Gawker.com
Congressman Dennis Kucinich bought a sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in April 2008, and bit into it only to find an unpitted olive that cracked a tooth. This month, he sued the cafeteria for selling “dangerous” sandwiches.
Unfortunately, pits happen and it happened to happen to Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congressman from Ohio. A rogue pit found its way into sandwich wrap bought at a congressional cafeteria, which resulting the Congressman biting down on it and causing major dental damage.
Dennis Kucinich Suing Congressional Cafeteria Companies Over Olive Pit, By Nick Wing, Huffington Post
In his complaint, captured by Gawker, Kucinich argues that the wrap, which was supposed to contain only pitted olives, was “unwholesome and unfit for human consumption.” Chewing the pit, he claims, resulted in “serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures.”
Kucinich is seeking $150,000 from Restaurant Associates and three other companies that run the cafeteria in the Longworth congressional office building
So what can we learn from this?
I guess, if you are preparing food for a room full of lawyers (or law makers), you better sure make sure you checked that you pitted all of your olives or cherries for that matter. And while you are at it, check for stones in your dry beans too.