Welcome to the debut of DISH ON DNC.
Thats DISH as in gossip and DNC = Democratic National Convention.
Every week, well share scuttlebutt re: that certain event thats bringing 35,000+ people to uptown Charlotte in September.
In other words, we want to impart the Conventional Wisdom (get it?) on everything from celebs to politicos to delegates to journos to parties (as in Dems and the GOP) to PAR-TAYS!
Heres what were hearing this week . . .
Daily Show will film in Charlotte
Sources tell us that Jon Stewarts people are talking to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Librarys people about parking The Daily Show at ImaginOn during convention week.
The word around town is that the two sides are negotiating big bucks.
Asked if hes talking to the NYC-based folks at Comedy Centrals popular newscast, Library CEO Vick Phillips said: We havent signed a contract with anybody.
Top Library Guy Phillips said he wouldnt disclose who hes been talking with about renting library space, including ImaginOn on East Seventh Street (also home to Childrens Theatre).
But since October, he said, Weve talked to scads of people. We have had serious negotiations two or three times, but by the next (library) board meeting, they werent there.
Renata Luczak, spokeswoman for The Daily Show, wouldnt talk about where the show would set up shop in Charlotte, only that it will broadcast from here Tuesday through Friday of convention week.
Theyve always gone on the road convention week, Luczak said. So theyll be going to the DNC and the RNC. (She means the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, Fla., in August)
And, yes, she confirmed, Stewart himself will be in the Queen City to do his funny anchor thing. Tim Funk
Restaurant plans to offer Obamalet
The main order of business once Dem delegates hit town around Labor Day will be to re-nominate President Barack Obama for a second term.
And Charlotte restaurant owner Brian Burchill wants to honor that bit of history and maybe get some of that Dem delegate money by naming a dish after the president.
Think eggs, etc.
Thats right: The menu at Toast of Dilworth Burchills eatery at 2400 Park Road will soon list an omelet named for Obama.
Hes planning to call it the Obamalet.
What will it include besides the eggs?
Were doing research on his favorite ingredients, said Burchill, a native New Yorker who also owns a Toast Café in Davidson.
Research? At the Library of Congress? Or Johnson & Wales?
The Internet, he reported.
Burchill is also cooking up ideas for other dishes named for big-time Dems. Maybe a stuffed French toast named after globe-trotting Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he said.
And Veep Joe Biden, he of the blue collar roots?
Well, mused Burchill, Id think more pancakes for that guy. Tim Funk