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Monday, March 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bite Me—Are Ethics Gone in Food Criticism?

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In the past, food critics paid for their meals and were reimbursed by the newspaper/magazine. And most mainstream media food critics would go to exceptional ends to keep their identity secret. Their critique of the food would be unmarred by any special treatment from the restaurant chef or staff. End of story. But today everyone's a food critic, and with the rise in social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and more, their reviews can be broadcast far and wide. Food critic anonymity has gone out the window with one Google search. Recently, Time.com food critic, Josh Ozersky was dressed down by the Village Voice* NYT for not revealing in a column in which he extolled the benefits of having fancy chefs catering your wedding that the caterers at his wedding were doing so for free. The recent FTC rulings mandate that bloggers disclose when they're reviewing something they're not paid for, but those rules don't extend to bloggers operating under the leaky umbrella of a corporate parent. In the proposed panel, Jane Goldman, editor in chief of CHOW.com, one of the most popular food websites, will bring some of the most influential people in the food industry and discuss this growingly important issue in food journalism. This panel will call out the spectrum of professionalism in online and offline food journalism and the issue around transparency reverberates through all aspects of online journalism and blogging.

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Marcia Gagliardi

Founder/Publishertablehopper.comA freelance food writer since 2002, Marcia Gagliardi is perhaps best known in the San Francisco food community as “the tablehopper.” Her cheeky weekly e-column, archived on www.tablehopper.com, is chock-full of insider news and gossip about the... Read More →
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Jane Goldman

VPCBS InteractiveNow it's CBS Interactive. Before that it was CHOW. Before that it was the Industry Standard. And before that, I don't talk about.
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James Holmes

Exec Chef/OwnerOliviaChef James Holmes is the owner of Olivia, named one of the “Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit magazine. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and The Institute of Culinary Education, Holmes began his career working in restaurants in... Read More →
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Ben Leventhal

Exec EditorNBC/TheFeast.comBen Leventhal is the Executive Editor of TheFeast.com, NBC Universal's new digital lifestyle property. Previously, he was the founder and editor in chief of Eater.com, the largest independent restaurant news website on the web, and the Editorial Director... Read More →

Robert Sietsema

The Village Voice

Monday March 14, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hyatt, Hill Country AB

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