I joined Anne Saturday night for an evening with many of San Francisco's top Internet food writers. In contemporary digital parlance they are "food bloggers," with six or seven food-related sites between them, including Anne's Cheese Diaries.
I had worried it would be a taxing night of food snobbery. At the food-industry events I have attended recently for work, the slightest hint of name-dropping or puffery makes me want to wretch the finger food, and I've nearly done just that several times. (I probably need a vacation.)
But this event was delightful. Please let these people be the future of food, or at least food media! This was a fresh, energetic collection of voices, digging into every last restaurant in the city and every last cookbook in their kitchen, uncorking wine and sniffing cheese, and that's just their websites! In person they were a merry, chatty, savvy bunch, thrilled to be writing, gossipy about the world of food and weblogs, freely sharing recipes and tips. It helped that wine was flowing freely over bites of lamb, fondue, salad, soup, pie and home-made ice cream.
The group was young, both in age and spirit. They are probing deeply and meaningfully into the Bay Area culinary landscape, and I have no doubt they will replace my contemporaries in the print media as the word of first resort when it comes to food.
(Toward the end of the night, someone mentioned this review of major Bay Area restaurant critics, which I have not read. For email, enter email@example.com, and for password enter the lowercase letter d.)