Where Not to Eat--and Site of the Day
Nothing like a haughty restaurateur and a gaggle of hungry foodies to make for a delectable little tiff. If you're thinking of eating at Buck's Fishing and Camping, an ambitious restaurant with a locally famous chef (Carole Greenwood), a frustratingly skimpy menu and some rather good food, make sure you keep your camera in your bag and your opinions to yourself, because you could find yourself on the wrong end of a legal order.
That's what happened to Washington blogger Jason Storch, who, in service of his DCFoodies blog and his own tummy, visited the eatery on Connecticut Avenue NW in DC Chevy Chase. He enjoyed his meal and took a few snaps on his phonecam; then, before he could even get around to posting what would have been a nice review on his blog, he gets slammed with a lawyer letter--a cease and desist order that includes this fabulous bit of lawyering:
The food and contents of the said restaurant are propriatary and confidential.
It's the lawyer who can't spell, not me.
The contents of the letter aren't of much higher quality than the spelling. It's just horsepatootie, of course. Does the eatery own the food until I put it in my mouth, or until I swallow, or until I digest it, or just plain forever?
Sure, any business can post a sign saying No Photography--heck, it's their place and we have to play by their rules. But short of that sort of obnoxious overwrought overmanagement of customers' lives, what we do with our food is pretty much up to the diner.
D.C. Foodies--our Site of the Day-- is Storch and wife Amy, and it's a fun site with a very personal approach and lots of good dining adventures, written in an entertaining and informative style.
Why would Greenwood choose to be offended by a fun little mini-review/feature on a local blog that can only bring her some word of mouth and a few curious new customers? (His item, since removed from his blog, was kind enough; his wife even called a fish dish "the best fish I've eaten all year.")
Because Greenwood takes herself very, very seriously.
Unlike Storch, who defines his work on the blog like so:
People always ask, "Jason, are you a food critic?" to which I answer -- NO! I'm not a professional food critic! I consider myself a "foodie." A foodie is defined as "a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food."
Memo to foodies: Let's stick to places where the chef is more interested in creating an enticing performance and imaginative food rather than policing her image and browbeating her clientele.
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