That was the message I heard loud and clear from Jane Fonda when I sat down with her for a few minutes at Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation — the annual taste-around/auction at the Georgia Aquarium that raises money for hunger relief. Jane loves sliders! Particularly the ones at Ted’s Montana Grill.
Of course, the fact that Fonda — the event’s honorary chair — was sitting next to Ted’s owner George McKerrow, Jr., might have had something to do with her avowal of slider love.
Buzztastic Jennifer Brett filed this report today on Fonda’s charity work, so we kept our conversation on food.
Q: So What are you going to miss from Atlanta now that you’ve moved to Los Angeles?
A: The fried chicken at Watershed on Tuesdays. That broth that’s made of cooked soul food at Mary Mac’s.
Q: The potlikker?
A: Yes. The potlikker. And those sliders with the quail egg at Canoe. [Another restaurant owned by McKerrow.]
Q: How does diet fit into a good fitness regime?
A: You can’t be fit if you’re hungry. You can’t be fit if you’re starving and poor. Knowing what good food is and where it comes from is so important. That’s what Vanessa [Vadim, Fonda's daughter, a well-known good food activist in Atlanta] is so good at.
Q: How do you keep so fit and eat well? All good things in moderation?
A. I don’t do desserts. But I do sliders! I like stuff that tastes good, but I just don’t eat too much of it.
Q: Has being a Southerner changed the way you eat?
A: No, but it’s changed the way I think. People on the coasts just don’t understand the realities of the people who live in the middle of the sandwich.