A word about blogging…
In response to Scott McGehee’s letter to the Arkansas Times. (Scroll about ¾ down the page.)
In the last few years, the blogging phenomenon has swept the country. Thousands of people log on everyday to speak their minds and have their say on just about everything. There are blogs about cats, wigs and traffic. There is even a blog about Reese Witherspoon’s chin! As a food blogger, I do not claim to be an expert on anything. My only job is to offer a perspective—my perspective—on the food scene in Arkansas. I try to articulate that perspective in a way that many people can understand and appreciate. I do not claim to be a restaurant “reviewer”. I do not claim to have the adequate knowledge or experience to critique and then tear down a chef’s life’s work. This is why you will never hear me say, “This or that totally sucks.” I do feel, however, that my perspective is a good one. I have worked in the food and beverage industry since I was 16. I’ve lived on both coasts and even Europe. I have two bachelor’s degrees and a culinary arts degree. I did an internship with a James Beard Award-winning food blogger. If that is not an informed and well-rounded perspective, I’m not sure what is.
In the end, my loyalties do not lie with established and well-known Arkansas eateries. They don’t even lie with the publication for which I write. My loyalties lie solely to myself. I must always be fair, honest, consistent, and truthful. Period.
That being said, Scott McGehee is an excellent chef. He has become such an establishment in Little Rock, you would have a hard time finding someone who disagrees with that statement. He makes excellent sandwiches, soups, pastries, and yes….EVEN LATTES.