A Tribute To All of the Food That Made Parks and Recreation
Tonight is the series finale of Parks and Recreation, one of the funniest shows on TV. It taught us the importance of small-town values, treating ourselves and tiny horses. Over the course of seven seasons, food played a significant role in the show. To pay tribute to a show we will all miss, here are the foods that played a pivotal role in Parks and Rec, with the funniest clips and some recipes to help with your withdrawal.
“Zerts are what I call desserts. Tray-trays are entrées. I call sandwiches ‘sammies,’ ‘sandoozles,’ or ‘Adam Sandlers.’ Air conditioners are ‘cool blasterz.’ I call cakes ‘big ol’ cookies.’ I call noodles ‘long-ass rice.’ Fried chicken is ‘fry-fry chicky-chick.’ Chicken parm is ‘chicky-chicky-parm-parm.’ Chicken cacciatore? ‘Chicky-cach.’ I call eggs ‘pre-birds,’ or ‘future birds.’ Root beer is ‘super water.’ Tortillas are ‘bean blankets.’ And I call forks ‘food rakes.’” - Tom Haverford (watch the full clip here)
When Ben lost his job and spiraled into depression, he started creating calzones, one of his favorite foods. When he hits his all-time low, he comes up with the idea to open a restaurant chain called Low-Cal Calzone Zone.
"Calzones are pointless. They’re just pizza that’s harder to eat. No one likes them. Good day, sir.”Try this calzone recipe
Although the burger chain is constantly interrupting Leslie’s efforts to develop the land behind Ann's house into a park, everybody loves Paunch Burger, even Leslie.
"You had me at meat tornado."
Bacon and Eggs
Ron Swanson's love of bacon and eggs is even on display in his office.
Ron’s trip to the Lagavullin distillery may be the happiest moment of his entire life.
"Clear alcohols may be for rich women on diets."
Due to low potassium, Ann recommends that Ron eat a banana. A single banana.
Dead broccoli, cabbage and chard. Vegetables are one of the most hated things in Pawnee (see Paunch Burger).
"I stand by my decision to avoid salad and other disgusting things."