At Last, Some Political Heroes

November 19, 1993

It's great that Gene and Barbara Hoffman, owners of A Gourmet Deli in Westminster's Crossroads Square Mall, have decided to develop sandwiches, salads and other eats named after some of Carroll County's elected officials. Westminster now joins the ranks of places like New York, Washington and, of course, Annapolis' well-known Chick and Ruth's, where the tradition of delicatessens naming edibles for local celebrities people has been going on for years.

Hungry Carroll countians can now devour "Julia's Julienne," a salad listing in honor Commissioner Julia Gouge; "Hot Elmer's Chili," for Commissioner Elmer Lippy, or "Sheriff Brown's CB," a corned beef sandwich named for Sheriff John Brown when they visit the deli along Route 140.

Instead of asking the local politicians to name their own creations, though, it would have been even more fun had the Hoffmans done their own creative listings.

How about a hot tongue sandwich for Elmer Lippy, who occasionally finds himself in hot water for remarks he's uttered? Or, in honor of when her two male colleagues were ignoring her last year, a chopped chicken liver on rye might have represented the quandary that faced Ms. Gouge. For Commissioner Donald I. Dell, a creation with country ham, American cheese and butter might reflect his oft-repeated slogan "Keep Carroll Country."

Del. Richard Dixon has become quite skilled in seeing that the county gets its share of state aid, so how about a grilled bacon sandwich to reflect what he brings home? And considering former Westminster City Council President William Haifley's feelings toward some of his colleagues and the mayor, how about a sour pickle with his name on it? And, of course, the baloney sandwich could change week to week.

But why stop there? The deli could serve a clear consomme, free of fat and salt, named for Monroe Haines, the Westminster man who has worked hard to keep a stream free of debris and pollution. And for marijuana advocate Pamela Snowhite Davis, anything on a poppy seed roll would do.

The drawback, of course, is that such spicy creativity might run the risk of offending potential customers. Loeb's, an old Washington deli, got around that by naming its sandwiches for international figures. Our favorite was the Nasser sandwich. Since the Jewish deli owners disliked Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, the sandwich consisted of half tongue, half chicken.

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