Eating at the DNC

Destination: Denver DNC on the Cheap

Kingpin food on a volunteer budget at the
Democratic National Convention

By Ruth Tobias

While the bigwigs are eating expensive sushi, most young volunteers who make the trek to Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention will crash in dorms or friends’ apartments and graze on doughnuts, pizza, and any other freebies they can grab.

“At the volunteer site, I think Domino’s was the provider all the days I was there. They had sandwiches as well from some local deli,” says one former volunteer at the 2004 DNC in Boston. “Inside the FleetCenter they had concessions open, but I never wanted to waste time waiting in line when I got inside. You want to do everything, and eating is a luxury.”

But it doesn’t have to be. CHOW has put together a list of Denver restaurants and bars that are both easily accessible and relatively cheap. (Basic public-transportation info is included; visit Denver’s Regional Transportation District website for further details.) Why should the grueling volunteer routine cramp your style?

Formerly based in Boston—where she received her professional chef’s certificate from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and wrote for the Boston Phoenix, the Improper Bostonian, and the Weekly Dig (among other publications)—Ruth Tobias is now a freelance food writer in Denver.

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