The estwhile restaurant reviewer and editor of Gourmet met with a group of food bloggers at Olivar yesterday. (Thanks to Keren Brown for organizing.)
And one of the questions lead to RR's statement above. There's absolutely no doubt the times they are a' changin... but I'd like to believe that newspaper food critics still offer something. Maybe I'm just wishful thinking that having experience and an expense account gives professional critics an edge.
Nancy Leson from The Seattle Times was in the audience and she asked about the sticky issue of anonymous critics who might have an ax to grind posting hateful, hurtful reviews. RR deflected the concern, saying the give and take on sites usually evens things out.
She didn't have a very satisfying answer to my question: What are your favorite restaurants in Seattle? (She Twittered about the cocktails at Spur.) She said she didn't get a chance to get out much. Hey Lady, I will show you around town. Just say the word.
Click here for a short video of the start of Ms. Reichl's appearance.