Singer-Songwriter-Poet-Icon Buys Hot Dog From Street Vendor
I’m posting this photo of Leonard procuring nourishment (from On Tour With Leonard Cohen by Sharon Robinson) as today’s festive first course from the smorgasbord that is one of my favorite Cohencentric categories: .
Leonard proffering food is intimately linked link to his fervent graciousness. As I reported in What Leonard Cohen Told Me Backstage In Chicago, food was a major feature in my first meeting with him:
In fact, the next thing I recall is Leonard (note we’re on a first name basis now) urging me to have something to eat from the crew’s buffet. This is accomplished by him taking my arm to lead me through the line of covered dishes, opening each of the 6-8 main offerings, describing the contents, and adding his recommendations.
And that led me to conclude,
Should I ever awaken in a post-apocalyptic desert with starving mobs battling over any edible morsel, my plan is to track down Leonard Cohen. If there is food to be had, he will, I am certain, find it and insist that his guest, even if the status of guest is self-appointed, dine from the bounty.
From reading many, many of Leonard’s interviews and exchanging experiences with others who have met him, I know his urging food upon visitors, including reporters, fans, visitors… who appear for one reason or another in his presence, is his modus operandi. Brendan Bernhard, for example, claims Leonard “plied me with pâté and gorgonzola, with red wine and aquavit.” Leonard certainly knows how to lay out a spread (see Lunch At Leonard’s In LA – Leonard Cohen & Kezban Özcan Host Nosh For Duchess & DrHGuy),
I am also taken with his catholic taste. I suspect the list of music icons throughout history who favored Chateau La Tour 1982, Lagavulin single malt Scotch, and various cognacs and also enjoyed a well prepared hot dog resolves to one entry; Leonard Cohen. But, at least four Cohencentric posts before this one attest to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s frankfurter fetish.
- Leonard Cohen, Anjani Thomas, & The $690,000 Hot Dog
- Leonard Cohen Bergen Ice Cream Photo Gallery (2012)
- Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: The Montreal Pool Room
- Chili Dog Events
And, it’s not just hot dogs. While in Europe, he defends the American hamburger. He is fast food friendly, familiar with Krystal burgers, has a taste for McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish, and employs Wendy’s “Where’s The Beef” slogan in Closing Time (although Leonard did, at least once, misidentify the source as a Burger King campaign).