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Here's a tip to Voracious blog readers: Don't insult our food critic. For someone who pans million dollar establishments for a living, you're just fresh

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Comment of the Day: Don't Mess with the Food Critic

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Here's a tip to Voracious blog readers: Don't insult our food critic. For someone who pans million dollar establishments for a living, you're just fresh meat. That's what chauvinist commenter Dan Stoller learned. He tried to flame our food critic Hanna Raskin but got burned instead. His tirade and Raskin's response are our Comment(s) of the Day:

  • Stoller's Tirade:

Can we get a restaurant critic who isn't openly antagonistic towards restaurants? I'm pretty sure writing pithy reviews in your shitty college newspaper did not prepare you for being a real writer. Furthermore, you continue to write these opinion pieces which seem to truly come from a place of hatred towards restaurant owners and employees. You DO realize that restaurant revenue is not ad-based, right? Ever critic who preceded you had a far more impressive resume, used more objectivity in what is admittedly a fairly subjective genre, and based their critiques on things more substantial than what you grew to expect as a privileged white girl.

Its kind of sad to compare Sheehan's reviews with yours - its the equivalent of comparing the New York Times to some shitty advocacy periodical. Hanna Raskin, you could be a respected member of the food community, based on a track record of fair and semi-objective reviews. Instead, you will be the the dark spot in SW's stellar food reporting history. Think about it.

-Dan Stoller

(please feel free to contact me with any responses, I would love to hear them)

  • Raskin's Response:

Dan, thanks so much for your interest in our food coverage. I couldn't find your e-mail address through our blog administration page, so hope you don't mind me responding publicly to your concerns.

I can assure you I don't hate restaurant owners or employees. I relied on the money I earned from over a decade spent waiting tables to pay for my education, rent and grocery bills, during which time I didn't feel especially privileged (although I suspect the real rhetorical thrust of that phrase is that a "girl" can't do what you consider a man's job.)

That said, I take seriously my role as a consumer advocate, and am proud to work on behalf of the city's many eaters who can't afford to squander their hard-earned money on sub-standard restaurant experiences. Nor do I think it's fair to the many wonderful local restaurant owners and staffers who operate with integrity to indiscriminately lavish praise on those who do not.

I never wrote a review for my college newspaper, but I have been working as a professional restaurant critic since 2004. In the last year alone, my work has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Food Journalists and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. This is not the proper forum to reprint my resume, but I'd be happy to review my credentials with you if you wish to contact me via e-mail.

I'm glad you enjoyed Jason Sheehan's work, and share your admiration for his writing. I hope you've had the opportunity to continue enjoying his contributions from afar.

Thanks again for writing, and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

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