Are Trays the New Nostalgia?

This week alone my food at two local eateries arrived, surprisingly, on heavy metal trays (see below). These are places that might otherwise have used good plateware given their style and relatively steep menu prices. Yet instead they employ an item that likely reminds people of the school cafeteria, prison or mess hall. Maybe trays instead of […]

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Recognizing restaurant reviews

Last Tuesday night at Cleveland’s Market Garden Brewery, known for hosting interesting gatherings, two local editors and MGB’s owner discussed restaurant trends and restaurant criticism, in particular.   The audience (members of the Society of Professional Journalists) asked good questions. I brought up Yelp.com, suggesting that the review site rendered publications that waited six months […]

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Goodbye Charlie Trotter

Chef Charlie Trotter died on November 5, 2013, the victim of  . . . well, no one’s quite sure yet. We’ll have to wait for the final results of the autopsy. Meanwhile, like many others, I was stunned at his death. And sad. He was only 54.   I met Charlie years ago, shortly after […]

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