The Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema recently paid a visit to Portland and has nothing but raves about our food scene. On the face of it, Portland, Ore., shouldn't be one of the best places in the country to dine.Unlike New Orleans or San Francisco or Chicago, Portland doesn't claim any classic dishes. The ethnic presence in this city of nearly 600,000 people is … [Read more...] about Washington Post Raves About Portland Restaurants
Karen Brooks, dining editor for the Oregonian was laid off this week. As the newspaper industry has crumbled over the past few years, many long-term Oregonian employees have been offered excellent buyout packages. Apparently, Karen never took advantage of those offers. Now she has been laid off.Perhaps her long tenure with previous publisher Fred Stickel had her feeling … [Read more...] about Food Writer Karen Brooks Dumped as Part of Oregonian Purge
Rocco DiSpirito and Jeffrey Chodorow in The Restaurant Many of you may have watched The Restaurant, a television series a year ago, which followed the experiences of Rocco DiSpirito and Jeffrey Chodorow as they opened a restaurant. After bitter infighting, it eventually failed. Since then, Chodorow has opened two other restaurants in the spot, the latest featuring … [Read more...] about The Restaurant Show, Karen Books is Desperate and More
Have you read this weeks review by Karen Brooks of Cobras and Matadors in the Oregonian? [Note: the article is no longer available online] Some people think the article was way over the top, and downright cruel. I haven't been to the restaurant, so can't agree or disagree, but was a bit surprised by the vehemence of the review. I'd be interested to hear comments. Do you think … [Read more...] about Do You Think a Newspaper’s Viciously Negative Review is Ok?