While I was eating $1.99 Safeway Organic tomato soup for lunch (don't hate—it's close to payday), here's the menu city council members and staff were enjoying at their annual departmental retreat, held this year at the downtown Bell Harbor Conference Center:

Organic Mixed Greens with Assorted Dressings


Classic Caesar Salad


Seasonal Fruit Salad


Greek Pasta Salad


Ruby Beet & Citrus Poached King Salmon with Orzo & Butternut Squash


Grilled Beef Tenders with Red Wine Demi Glace


Vegetarian Roasted Tofu with Coconut Red Curry Sauce


Herb Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Caramelized Onions


Garlic Mashed Red Jacket Potatoes



That's a far cry from retreats in years past, when "lunch" was often limited to dry white bread, cold cuts, and American cheese.