Martha Stewart Dons Hip Waders and Dives Into Fake Cranberry Bog
It was one of those food events that might have been conceived by a comic novelist. Ocean Spray, in an attempt to elevate the flagging popularity of its red berries, decides to create a cranberry bog in the middle of Rockefeller Center. Well, it's not really a bog, because there are no actual plants -- instead it's a 50-foot-long wooden bathtub filled with dodgy water, in which 2,000 pounds of berries bob.
Next, trestle tables are installed in the bathtub, and 45 New York schoolkids, plastered with Ocean Spray logos and mainly African-American, are seated on either side. They're fed a meal of turkey, roll, green beans, mashed potatoes, and (you guessed it!) big wads of cranberry relish, which mainly sits uneaten on their plates.