Last night I attended the 4th Food & Wine Blogger's Club Meeting at the new Brio Restaurant
on Adderley Sreet. Lovely evening altogether – great venue, stunning
wines and very interesting people (our speakers were our very own Sam
Wilson and Haut Espoir’s Rob Armstrong @rambowine).
My favourite part of the evening though was the “discussion”. I tell
you, throw a bunch of people in a room who are passionate about a common
subject, who blog about it, and who probably consider themselves
experts and you’ll get one hell of an interesting debate. It’s hard to
get a word in. Which brought me around to thinking how great Food24 is.
Why? Because that is what we do on Food24 – we have conversations with
you and with each other.
We have had some rip-snorter debates
here and while some of them degenerate into Anonymous (there’s a
surprise) calling Bob a Muppet, most of them are a great reflection of
Who could forget the famous chickpea wrap brawl. Oh my shattered nerves. Imagine if jka
had just LEFT THE DARN HAM out of the recipe… we would never have had
the ‘ ah the chickpea wrap showdown’ that we still refer to fondly in
And foie gras. Should we even go there?
And as for our user restaurant reviews. Well where are you going to get a more frank review than Cath’s here?
(And no it’s not me… I haven’t been to Durban since I was 12). But look
at the way no less than 3 people have already challenged her review. I
love it. I’m just waiting for the “Oh Cath. Get a life” comment to
appear. My personal favourite.
We dig it when you stand up for the waiters too - Simon has certainly put Unhappy Diner in her place here.
When restaurant owners and managers respond to reviews,
which they are increasingly doing, they can turn a negative review into
a positive thing by expressing genuine concern and some clever “problem
And when your grammar and spelling
are diabolical we don’t edit it in any way, because if we did edit
every review then it might as well be the same person writing them. And
as far as we’re concerned it takes all sorts to appreciate a restaurant.
Then we have comments on our articles. Take Cathy Marston’s Top 10 World Cup Wines. I mean HOW VERY DARE SHE mention Tassies
on this distinguished list? And while we’re on wine - another
favourite of mine... Mike’s “take a chillaxative” comment on the SA’s most expensive wines article.
love it. Bring on the debates, the challenges and the classic chirps.
We don’t profess to know everything – that’s where you (all 150 000 of
you) come in.
Thanks for the chat guys.