Five food terms that need to be trashed -- right after "session"

Categories: Cafe Society

Danielle Lirette
Is there a mixologist behind this Session Kitchen bar?
"Start sessioning!" That was the cry when Session Kitchen opened last fall, with an emphasis on jam sessions in the art that fills the space, as well as the timing of sessions in the size of its plates. But several months after the restaurant opened, Session Kitchen is downplaying the sessions portion control, and today it's biggest drawback could be the continued use of that trying-so-hard-to-be-cool "session." What other food-related terms are embarrassing to use? Here are five I'd be glad to ban.

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5) Beanies and weenies
Generations of kids have loved this dish because they can say it and feel like they're getting away with potty talk. Anyone over the age of seven, however, should stick with hot dogs and baked beans.

4) Fusion
This word has been overused to oblivion, making it as meaningless as "natural" in "natural chicken."

3) Mixologist
Many bartenders have already backed off the title. It's time for bar-goers to do the same -- provided, of course, they don't switch to the even-worse "beverage dissemination officer."

2) JanuaANY
Any chance we can shorten the calendar so we won't have to endure Subway's $5 footlong promotion next year?

1) Nose to tail
I praise the approach, but pan the term. When I'm sitting down at a restaurant, the last thing I want to visualize is some poor creature (may it rest in peace) on a farm swishing its tail and sniffing the ground. Though it defies everything your eighth-grade English teacher taught you, sometimes less descriptive is better.

Have your own nominations for food terms that deserve to be trashed? Post them below.

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Session Kitchen

1518 S. Pearl St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Mantonat topcommenter

I'm fine with session as a noun - "my mates and I are headed to the pub for a session" (if you're an anglophile) or even occasionally as an adjective, as in "session ale." But session as a verb is dumb and "sessionable" is beyond irritating.


Modern or New American are lazy descriptors. Artisan or Artisanal mean nothing either.  

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

Anything related to molecular-gastronomy is going to get the mental heave-ho from me, I'm afraid.

Froth, foam, soil... sounds like we're throwing out spoiled items rather than eating fresh ones.


Can we add :"foodie" to the list? Just because I like food doesn't make me a foodie.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

Also  --  "farm to table" and "buttery".

Mantonat topcommenter

@shane_linart  Totally. Because what would it mean if you called someone "cocky"?

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