It used to be that reviewing restaurants was a job reserved solely for a handful of faceless food critics, who had the time—and budget—to arrange multiple visits, get an accurate and balanced sense of the full scope of the menu, and weigh in with their carefully considered opinions (at the most) once a week. Then came the internet age, and with it, platforms like Chow and Yelp, that allowed everyone with an account to wax poetic and allot stars, and in some cases, directly affect the fate of fledgling eateries. Even professional blogs and websites have succumbed to the pressure of being first on the scene, frantically filing posts on brand new establishments, before they’ve even had the chance to stumble through a single week of service.
That’s why we’ve assembled an especially knowledgeable and diverse panel for Taste Talks, from Ruggy Joesten of the oft-reviled Yelp to Sam Sifton of the New York Times, who’ll contribute to a roundtable conversation on the future of food criticism. And to set the scene, we spoke to moderator Adam Sachs, the editorial director of Tasting Table, on what attendees can expect.
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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.