Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Make that "Boor's Head"

Boar's Head crashes a cancer fund-raiser. What's their beef?

Make that "Boor's Head"

There´s taste, and then there´s class. At a recent fund-raiser, Dietz&Watson outclassed competitor Boar´s Head.
There's taste, and then there's class. At a recent fund-raiser, Dietz&Watson outclassed competitor Boar's Head.

I admit that I can become stupidly protective of (some of) the folks I write about in my column.

I feel great affection, for instance, for the Eni family, owners of Dietz&Watson, the locally based maker of deli products. Back in September, I took a fun tour of the D&W facility in Tacony, in advance of the company's 70th birthday bash at City Hall the following week. The column I wrote afterward was flush with graitude for the company's longevity in Philly.

Part of my appreciation was fueled by knowledge that D&W donates thousands and thousands of pounds of products each year to fund-raisers supporting good causes - locally and nationally. The Enis are good citizens that way.

So I was appalled to read, in a blog post yesterday by Inquirer business writer Joe DiStefano, that a major D&W competitor, Boar's Head, disrupted a taste-testing/fundraiser that D&W was conducting in Florida to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast-cancer foundation.

"Oh, no, they DIDN'T," I said to myself.

Oh, yes, they did, D&W's Jodi Mallon confirmed for me.

So read Joe's blog post (nice job, Joe!) and, if you care to share your reaction to it with the Boar's Head people, contact them here. Their cheery web site notes that they "welcome your call."

Have fun!

Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
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When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.

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