The Willamette Week is reporting that Terroir Restaurant and Wine Bar has closed. Much like Cole, we were not aware of the status of Terroir’s operations as we had ceased representation of Terroir in late ’07. As an added note, we did not work on the publicity of his 2004 book The Sustainable Kitchen (that was another PR firm) and Stu Stein handled the copy for his website personally. Randall PR [emphasis mine]
Updated: CONFIRMED: Terroir has closed.
According to MSG over at portlandfood.org, Terroir closed yesterday. I’d like to think that the press (and bloggers) Mr. Stein so despised had a big hand in it, but I really think it would have closed in the next six months anyway. Bad location, bad business plan, too high a debt load, so so food, and incredibly stupid PR moves are more responsible than anything else. This time, let’s hope someone puts a spike in him, otherwise he’ll rise again in another city. He doesn’t seem to understand the internet. [updated again: confirmed by another party.]
Stu Stein is getting more and more publicity, but I doubt it is the type he is hoping for. This morning a reader alerted me that SFGate.com had picked up the plagiarism story (they are one of the victims).
My initial reaction to Stein’s liberal use of my words was to feel somewhat flattered, but in pursuing links people sent me, and after talking to the reporter, I discovered that I’m just the latest victim. So I guess I have my answer: It’s not flattery, it’s simply plagiarism. Journalists who plagiarize and lift from other sources are usually fired, but things get murkier when non-journalists are posting on blogs or websites. Readers, what do you think?
Ironically, a recent review of Terroir suggested that even Stein’s concept and cooking weren’t that original. I wonder if he’s ever been to Terzo? I’d love to ask him what “we” think of it.
Now I’ve noticed that Willamette Week has made Mr. Stein their Rogue of the Week.
Stein didn’t return messages seeking comment, and his representative at Randall Public Relations didn’t either. The kerfuffle is just the latest serving of plagiarism accusations against Stein. As a guest writer for the Ashland Daily Tidings , in 2005, Stein was caught copying portions of Tami Parr’s Pacific Northwest Cheese Project blog. That same year, a news editor removed his radio show, Sustainable Kitchen, from Jefferson Public Radio after listeners said Stein’s commentaries mirrored material in blogs and food reviews.
Stein later moved to Portland, opening Terroir in June .
“That’s doubly egregious,” Bauer said when told that history. “I can see why people are so mad.”
Finally, nationally known blogger Kevin Allman, famous for his caustic words when it comes to journalism, has weighed in.
We’ve also had inquires from National newspapers and magazines. The story has taken on a life of its own.
For those who missed the first part, you can read it here.
A couple of things I forgot in my news roundup this week:
Rumor on the street: Apotheke is planning to reopen on 3808 N. Williams, in the same building Ristretto Roasters is going into. I’m not sure why they think it has a better chance of working in North Portland rather than the Pearl District, but it would be nice. This is going to be an interesting building, with the addition of a new restaurant called Lincoln, a joint venture between David Welch and Jenn Louis, owner of Culinary Artistry (you may know him as a waiter at various places around town, or from his work with Public Broadcasting).
My favorite food TV show, Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie is back. The Tivo started picking it up a couple of weeks ago. In my opinion, if you are going to watch one food show, this should be it. You can see the new season schedule, plus stream complete episodes of last season here. For season two, they will cover Southern India: The Spice of Life, New Zealand: The Rugged Land, Bread: The Foundation of a Meal (this week), Hidden Hong Kong, and North Carolina: BBQ and Beyond. Each show has several recipes that will have you heading to the kitchen. The next one is this week, January 25th @ 12:30 on OPB.
Y’all are going to think all I do is sit around and watch TV, but really, I have a life. The Travel Channel was running a promo banner on the site last week for Anthony Bourdain’s new season. This week it was on one of my favorite cities, Vancouver B.C. Worth watching for the three chefs he focused on, including Vikram Vij.
Rumor Confirmed: Three Lions Bakery has moved out of NW 5th and Davis location. An upscale restaurant and bar are going in. The latest I’ve heard, is it will be run by the General Manager of Andina. I think it is going to be his restaurant.