Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
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Restaurant People Really Hate Food Bloggers

OKAY CUTLETS WHAT?"Every publicist in this town keeps a do-not-invite list, because some people are just freeloaders." That's the closest that a restaurant publicist person will get to admitting the truth, which is that they burningly hate at least half of the world's food bloggers. And the only people who hate food bloggers more than restaurant publicists are restaurant managers. They won't say so publicly-and sure, they appreciate it if the blogs actually bring in customers sometimes! But pretty much? They consider them hideous leeches. That quote comes from Hall Company's Sam Firer-and full disclosure, I don't think I've ever eaten at a single restaurant they represent, which seems unlikely-from the discussion that has ensued over the recent and rather remarkable Time column by Josh Ozersky.

Ozersky, who also seems to dislike food bloggers as well, confusingly, seems much-beloved in New York food-blog circles (yes, I said circles), but/and in that column Ozersky wrote about how wedding caterers all suck and you, like he just did, should have high-end professional chefs do all the cooking for free for your wedding. This was really unusual!

And it was not at all cleared up by a statement from Time that announced, improbably, that Ozersky is "friends with a variety of chefs and those relationships inform much of his writing." Has anything issued from a press office as a "clarification" ever made everyone less happy?

So I guess just think of him as a guy reporting back from inside another universe. Let it wash over you-it's now just lifestyle porn, with the Ozersky brand explaining some sort of weird high life, on the order of some rent-a-jet in-flight magazine. He's not one of us regular people now.

19 Comments / Post A Comment

Br. Seamus (#217)

I'm friends with a variety of bartenders, but you don't see me getting all high and mighty about it.

gregorg (#30)

maybe if you were, you'd get more free drinks.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Jack in the Box delivered our wedding meal directly to my CAR.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

"-here- ok, put your hand on hers while she's holding the sterling cheeseburger knife. ok, both of you smile! real big now, that's good! Cut into the Ultimate Bacon Sirloin burger now-! awesome! -snapsnapsnap-"

Art Yucko (#1,321)

I thought Yelp was supposed to open the floodgates and wash all this entitled expertise down the dishwasher table. (:P)

saythatscool (#101)

I stopped reading restaurant critics 5 years ago. Now for Chicago, I only use lthforum.com

There are food bloggers and print critics and a great sense of adventure on the site. The discussions that occur there are some of the best ever about Chicago food.

You probably put ketchup on your Vienna beef.

saythatscool (#101)

And you let your Ted Drewes Concrete melt so that you can suck it through a straw, gottdamn Claytonite.

You eat your beefs dry without peppers, MF'ing Oprah lover. [I can't win this.]

saythatscool (#101)

You drink your Kaldi's with Cremora, County. [I can't either.]

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Captain probably asks for extra Provel on his Imo's 16".

I teabag you both with my toasted raviolis.

Sakurambobomb (#1,722)

Extra Provel is essential for a good Imo's sausage-turd pizza.

zidaane (#373)

(Insert Hungry Hound framed photo)

hockeymom (#143)

You know who else sucks….the dining companion who ALWAYS sends something back to the kitchen. Doesn't matter if you're at French Laundry or French Fry Hut.

Once in a while, yes. But every single meal? No. That's just being a jerk.

(also jerkish, TV production crews who expect free meals because they've done a story at a restaurant. Just rude.)

This man apparently drinks vodka tonics with his cigars, and I'm supposed to trust his taste and judgment?

joeks (#5,805)

"Ozersky, who also seems to dislike food bloggers as well, confusingly, seems much-beloved in New York food-blog circles (yes, I said circles), but/and in that column Ozersky wrote about how wedding caterers all suck and you, like he just did, should have high-end professional chefs do all the cooking for free for your wedding. This was really unusual!"

I tried to read this paragraph, but I failed.

alexanderbasek (#4,534)

I'm not so sure Josh is beloved. It's more like he's a living, (heavily) breathing embodiment of "why haven't I made it yet?" Anyway, I guess Time overlooked the freebies because the wedding wasn't sponsored by Thrillist?

Monitor (#1,784)

I finally just read this piece and it is awesomely bad, arrogant and condescending and ill informed all at once, not to mention the hackish prose. And, n.b., dude is not a writer or a blogger or a lifestyle pornographer — his job is to "comment and enlarge on trends on gastronomy." Glad we cleared that up.

("In fact, most foods are better when reheated." UM WHAT?!)

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