Memphis Foodie

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Memphis Foodie Changes November 6, 2012

Filed under: Events — Shannon R Little @ 9:10 am
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Dear Friends,

 

As most of you know, I love Memphis. I mean, I really love Memphis. One of the few things I love as much as my hometown is eating. These two passions, alongside a class project initiative, are the two reasons I began this blog to being with. I wanted to show exactly what a great culinary scene thrives in Memphis.

 

As you may have noticed, I have not been writing much lately for this blog, and I have been reviewing restaurants even less. This is not to say I haven’t been trying new places and eating as much. I most definitely have been.

 

However, for some time now, I have been contemplating this future of this blog. As much as I would love to continue with the format I have had though promoting local restaurants, several conflicts of interest have come about. I have taken on a more prominent role in the Memphis restaurant community through my work, and I love every bit of it. I have a leadership role at a major local restaurant and have started some marketing efforts for the Memphis Restaurant Association. I am excited about taking on new projects and new roles to further promote the local Memphis restaurant community. However, in good conscious, I cannot write positively about some restaurants in Memphis, while also commenting on my not-so-happy experiences as well, when my job is to be a liaison among Memphis restaurants and promote them all. Not to mention, it is not possible for my opinion to continue to be unbiased for every situation.

 

However, I still want to do what I can to keep this project going. I love it, and I stand behind what it stands for. Therefore, I am opening up for suggestions on what you all think I should do. Is it possible to change the format of this blog, but still keep its core values? What should I write about? Should I focus on local foodie events, only write about positive experiences at local establishments, or keep everyone up-to-date with local foodie news? Do you have other suggestions? I am really open to anything.

 

Let me know what you guys think.

 

Love,

Shannon

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6 Responses to “Memphis Foodie Changes”

  1. Administer the site still, but encourage and invite guest reviewers. Take your name off the page, or rebuild elsewhere if that veil is too thin. You will be able to maintain personally unbiased and still encourage feedback which I expect is key to the memphis restaurant and customer/foodie community. You might argue that to be a truly effective liaison, constructive criticism is necessary because clearly not all restaurants are created equal.

    I can say that this site was key in leading me to many restaurants I now frequent (though not all) in the Memphis area since I started traveling here last March.

  2. rowatson Says:

    I kind of agree, but keep your name. A blog needs a credible source. Guest reviewers are okay. I suggest an Andy Wise-type approach. Praise and promote a positive experience, including promoting new places or menu changes at an existing place to help a business. If an experience isn’t up to expectations, note that, and then give them a chance to redeem themselves, just like he does on-air. But keep your good selection choices and photos.

  3. Brenda Says:

    I find your reviews interesting and helpful, but I see your dilemma. Sorry I don’t have any insight!

  4. Mwilbanks Says:

    You should write about all the different events around town that are featuring foods from the restaurants, let us know about these events and then follow up with your opinion of the event and the food choices. There are many times that I have not known of several events or have forgotten about them.

    I also think you should be ale to make suggestions on what choices are better for each restaurant as well as constructive criticism for what would have made the food or experience (ambiance, spices, less or more, friendlier servers, better menu choices…) better for future customers.

    I would be happy to send you my dining and wining experiences….I don’t have a problem letting my opinions be heard. 🙂

  5. tracy Says:

    Shannon
    I feel that find events and restaurant reviews both would be great . The food event my company took place in last week was not covered by any media support and that coverage helps get the word out on companies that would otherwise be overlooked.
    Negative reviews should be seen as constructive criticism and a pat on the back for the positive reviews but in this day in age it helps to have both. What people or companies do with that information is their deal. But I feel the public really appreciates someone unbiased going ahead of them and “tasting” so to speak
    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication

  6. Ken S. Says:

    Shannon,

    I’d go one step further with the “guest-reviewer” format. Since you are already taking a leadership role in the Memphis food community, do the same with your blog. Develop a cadre of reviewers, that you then interview. From those interviews, you then develop the posting for the blog compiling their thoughts.

    To save time, maybe you develop a series of questions you want your reviewers to answer–the things you would want to know before you went to a restaurant. With a written questionnaire they simply return it to you and you compile the results from there.

    You could even go one step further and pick people who want to develop their own blogs, and coach them in that aspect as well. At that point, you could very well post multiple reviews, comparing not only different food, but the different times of the day or days of the week regarding service, crowd, noise, and so on.

    Perhaps have each focus on one priority. The person with the family focuses on family atmosphere, while the single folks talk date night potential, and each of them talks about the food on the menu that fits their needs. Kid’s choices? Check. Dessert to share with your date? Check.

    And finally, maybe all you do is “second chance” reviews. Go back over the many restaurants you’ve already visited and find out if they still have it, if they lost it, or managed to “find their groove” after your first experience wasn’t the best. If you’re still not comfortable with that, bring in your team again, and revisit them that way.

    As you can see, I’m full of ideas! Good luck in your new endeavor!


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