Eater Louisville launched today with me as the site’s editor. I’m excited to be covering Louisville’s food and drink scene in depth and be back with the Curbed Network, which I wrote for previously when I contributed to Gridskipper.
(Yes, I’m still editor-in-chief of Louisville.com and writing about travel too.)
In 1835, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” What he neglected to mention was that in the fall, that fancy turns to thoughts of fantasy football.
Playing on that phenomenon, for the August 2012 issue of Louisville Magazine, five contributors and editors—me included—gathered in a conference room and, in a scene not too different than a fantasy football draft (less beer, more talk of charcuterie), selected our top 50 restaurants.
Gabe Ulla (my most-recent editor at Gridskipper) recently interviewed me about Louisville’s restaurant scene for Eater’s Taking the Temperature series. Mostly we talked about what’s happening in NuLu (short answer: a lot). The interview, complete with a map of the restaurants mentioned, is at
I had plans to head to San Diego this June for my brother’s wedding rather than work. Either it was coincidence or I mentioned my plans online though, as I received an e-mail from Hotel Solamar and Jsix’s publicist inviting me to stay there and participate in Christian Graves’s “Chef’s Kitchen Experience.” (“Inviting me” is a euphemism for “it was free.”) When I mentioned I was traveling with my wife and 6-month-old daughter, thankfully the publicist didn’t wince; if she had I would’ve felt awful about having them sleep on a bench in Balboa Park while I enjoyed the restaurant and hotel.
I knew Christian was an excellent chef and that he and this trip to a local farm that supplies his kitchen would make worthy subjects for an article for BlackBook. And I realize I’m committing a journalism faux pas here, but I want to like the subjects of my articles (then again, I mostly cover travel, not terrorism). When possible I want to encourage readers to give their business to talented people who are nice. Hopefully Christian’s warm personality came through in my piece.
My favorite example didn’t make it into the final version though. When I asked him why he became a chef, he answered that he found something special about being able to cook for two people who were leaving their infant daughter behind for the first time and watching them enjoy themselves and stare into each other’s eyes.
Originally this post was for Gridskipper, but my editor there is relocating to Paris for a month today (in a related story, I hate him), so I figured I’d post it here.
Want to see where the sages of online travel advice hang out in New York City? This weekend 300 travel bloggers are convening for the 2010 Travel Blog Exchange conference (with bloggers holding meetings, clearly the revolution is over and the squares have survived). But give new media credit: TBEX ’10′s official schedule and meetups show nary an Olive Garden, Planet Hollywood or Hard Rock Cafe. Check below the fold for the lineup.
A freelance writer, editor, and consultant, my work focuses on travel and culture. I've contributed to The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, Air Canada's enRoute, BlackBook, AOL Travel, Gridskipper, Deadspin, and Budget Travel. I'm also the editor of Eater Louisville.