Last week Kranston hosted a small afternoon gathering of friends in the afternoon. Like any good chef-husband, I prepared a few appetizers for the event. Since it was a group of women from my wife’s company, I thought I would leave my mark with something creatively unique.
My apricot stuffed with mascarpone cheese, topped with a single blueberry and two mint leaves purposely resembled a honey bee. The hors d’oeuvre was a hit and one of the guests, a cookbook author, commented she would like to use the appetizer in her next cookbook.
When I heard the news later that evening I told my wife that the appetizer was being trademarked and that use of it anywhere- including a cocktail or dinner party, a pool gathering, a picnic, or a wine country soiree- would be a definite trademark infringement. I added my lawyers would be contacting not only the thieving culprit who copied my invented rendition, but also anyone who even thought about eating it – or worse- touching it. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I want anyone to know how creative I am so I will probably never make that app again. I may opt for a mere squirt of cheese whiz and a Triscuit.
Of course I was kidding. I was most honored that anyone would rave about a plate-laden bee.
Yep, that’s right. Becca thinks Ed stole her ideas and packaged them into his lobster bar. So with that, she went to her lawyer friend, and decided to throw the book, and a suit for unspecified damages in the direction of Ed’s eatery.
Ed, of course had no idea this was about to happen. But when contacted, according to the NYT, he claimed that his Lobster Bar was a lot more upscale, a lot neater, a lot cleaner, and a lot nicer looking. Ed is my kind of guy. Serving a salt and vinegar response to something as idiotic as a Lobster bar infringement-suit is the perfect entrée to “let the games begin.”
Is Becca a bit goofy? Has she never been on the Lobster Roll Trail from Revere,
Becca also claims that Ed stole her Caesar salad recipe- the one her mother “extracted decades ago from a chef in Los Angeles.” Sounds a little bit like “I can borrow but you are stealing” if you ask me.
It also sounds like ‘Becca believes her own press release, that she is making way to much money, or is close to closing the doors and in a last ditch effort is attacking a former employee.
The outcome of the civil action will be most interesting. If old Ed signed that confidentiality agreement for the salad recipe, or if Becca came up with every idea in her Lobster Bar without ever visiting any other Lobster Shack, the ex sous chef could be in trouble.
Whatever the outcome, it certainly proves a few things. Ed will make out like a bandit on this deal. He probably never would have been mentione on the front page of The Times.
Becca is definitely too fond of herself and her perception of being an original culinary artist who never was influenced by some elses idea.
The episode should be broadcast on the Food Network – the trial on Court TV.
Itsometimes seems like we are all taking our talent, andthe purpose of the business, too seriously.
And finally, if you would like my recipe for my apricot mascarpone bumble bee appetizer, it will be available to the public as soon as I can get the idea to fly.