Matthew Stadler, "writer in residence for the Ripe culinary complex", gave an interview to the Portland Mercury. Here is a choice snippet, talking about the Back Room Discussions at Ripe: MERCURY: You leave room for improvisation. Yeah, and in fact, the sort of key element is a commitment to not know much ahead of … [Read more...] about More Matthew Stadler, “writer in residence for the Ripe culinary complex”
Portland Food and Restaurant News and Discussion
This is an archive of Portland metro area restaurant and food news, political debate, diatribes, discussion threads etc. If we aren't quite sure where a story belongs, you'll find it here.
"During dinner last Friday this subject came up and as far as I know you are the only person who might be able to give me some insight on my situation. When out to eat I find that often there will be main entrees that I would really like to try, but perhaps the side dishes are something I don't like. So the "ginger … [Read more...] about Is it Okay to Request Substitutions in Restaurants?
Should a restaurant reviewer state when he is provided free meals by the restaurant he is reviewing? Nancy Rommelmann seems to have been three weeks ahead when she wrote about how a restaurant like Olea gets named "One of the best new restaurants in the US". From Johnathan Nicolas column in the Oregonian … [Read more...] about Esquire Writer Gets Free Meals – and Writes Good Reviews
A forward: I hope Nancy doesn't mind me jumping in on her story. Shortly after this story was written, Robb Walsh, restaurant reviewer of the Houston Press pulled a double review at a restaurant at which he is recognized and the results are rather interesting: "As for the experiment, it's clear I was treated much … [Read more...] about Reviewing the Restaurant Reviewer – What Do Ethics Matter?
For those of you in the mood to argue today (there seem to be quite a few), we have Phil Stanford weighing in on the Jim Dixon "not salty enough" Castagna Restaurant controversy. You may remember, Jim reviewed Castagna and claimed everything was under-salted. The owners were so upset, they delivered a 50 pound bag of … [Read more...] about Phil Stanford vs. Jim Dixon, The Salt Wars!
From Johnathan Nicholas column in the Oregonian today (well, you didn't think I'd miss this did you?), comes news that Chris Israel is now the permanent chef at Saucebox, taking place of chef Adam Kekahuna who is leaving to "spend more time with his family". I have to admit, I'm feeling a bit sad. Adam was probably … [Read more...] about Saucebox chef Adam Kekahuna is off to “spend more time with his family.”
A SF Examiner restaurant reporter’s job is to bring in ads. On the surface, this may not seem like too bad an idea. The problem is the Examiner was trading good reviews for the ads: From ‘Grade the News’ George Habit’s food columns are presented as news, but they’re really ad solicitations, reports John McManus. … [Read more...] about Restaurant ads made to look like reviews for restaurants – that buy ad-space
I know it seems like I keep picking on the Ripe group, but to tell the truth, the things they come up with are so silly I just can't help it. If the food wasn't darn good, I wouldn't bother, but I think they can take a little poking. As you may have read, Ripe now has a "Writer in Residence" named Matthew Stadler. … [Read more...] about More on Gotham Tavern’s Table Cards – Now with Examples!