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Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

A Moveable Feast:

First off, chef Crawford, by law, has the right to refuse service to anyone as his restaurant is on private property. Further, it is his prerogative to decide if he wants to be reviewed or not. Believe it or not, there are some restaurateurs who do not wish to be reviewed: while it has become status quo for journalists to write flowery, Faulkner-esque prose when describing restaurants for their reviews except that they focus less on the culinary side and "show off" their desires to be architects, art historians or psychologists--and in some cases, these self-proclaimed "culinarians" think that because they have been to Paris, or eaten at Alinea (or some Top 50 restaurant of the world list) they are qualified to potentially condemn someone else's livelihood; potentially ruin a man (or woman) and his/her family simply because the brown butter isn't brown enough?! It makes perfect sense that some would NOT want their story told by a person or persons with minimal credentials, a bone to pick or perhaps a conflict of interest (i.e., this business is an advertiser, "...make it glorious.."). Not to mention, that human error happens; Murphy's Law exists; EVERYONE has an off day. Should it it be THAT day when our whole world is exposed to ink, paper and/or keyboard?

Even if that wasn't the case, these reviews should tell the reader what is at the essence of the food experience and not spend the majority of a 1000 words dedicated to the Corinthian vs Doric columns or the post-Renaissance meets Shabby-shic wallpaper or spend an instant using the term "hipster." Who cares about tattoos or presumed egos? i surely don't. I thought we were trying to steer away from labeling and stereotypes.

I like to digress.

So, I will do some more of it. I don't read restaurant reviews. I don't write them either. When I travel, I find friends who live there or have been there and their recommendations are where I eat, where I sleep and where I go for adult beverages. I have never chosen a restaurant because it is the #1 on WELP, scored highly on Urbanspatula, FaceGram or the other social network sites out there.

I prefer reading the classics. My favorite writer is probably Hemingway. Sadly, he is not with us any longer...but that doesn't matter because he wouldn't have written or read restaurant reviews because there is more fun in living: catching fish, running with bulls, drinking Hemingway Daiquiris to spend on such trivial things. I like to think that his "review" would have been simple: he would have been a patron or he would not have.

But what do I know?

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Posted by Wim Mellon on 01/28/2017 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

I am a little torn here. I think with or without food critics a restaurant will live of die on its own merit. That merit is some combination of food quality, price and ambiance (to me at least). Raleigh has so many options, that if you don't nail down a niche, then you won't survive. So having said all that, I think anyone trying to make a successful go around here almost has to be kind of a jerk. I don't know Scott, but regardless of how put off the critic might feel, I don't think the food critic should overplay her role in the restaurant world, and neither should she lose empathy for the hard work that goes into making these endeavors work. I expect the lynch mob to get me here, but I think AC restaurants are very overrated. The food quality to price ratio is way out of whack. Ashley herself is a wonderful human being and her staff are well trained, so the quality/cost gets swallowed up in hype. Scott pisses off one person, and all of sudden anything he touches is dirty. The Indy, and the Raleigh food scene in general, is the big fraternal circle, that you either get to party with and within, or you are an outcast with no apparent credibility. Empire Eats has been cast out of this circle e.g., after the drunk town stuff went down. Relax folks, and look in the mirror.

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Posted by Mark74 on 01/28/2017 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

So, chef objects to reviewer because a previous review he "feels" the focus was too much on the restaurant and staff and not enough about the food. Hmm. Seems to us like the reviewer has a responsibility to review the restaurant as a whole. If staff dress and behave like Sideshow Bob and the place smells like feet, fish, and ramen then that should be reported to the public. Sounds like chef would be better suited to a food truck rather than a brick and mortar establishment.

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Posted by threethreeeightlapuamag on 01/28/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

@Brian Howe. Appreciate you taking the time to listen and respond. Civility is a bayonet in these days of blunt rhetoric.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 01/28/2017 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

He's an egotistical, mediocre, lazy cook who pays his PR lady very well to keep the hype up. His tenure at Standard Foods was merely a stepping stone to his own place. He abandoned the SF concept, manipulated the masses and rarely even cooked a meal there. Oh and His food is unimpressive to say the least. He could care less about the community, only the chance to be famous. He stayed in Raleigh just for that reason alone, less big fish to compete with here.
Also choosing to not be reviewed isn't an option for an owner but when he has a PR person who controls his media, the thought of the truth or one negative word being uttered, panicked him.
As for the writer, I'm glad the truth about this hotheaded, flash in the pan, food fraud is starting to emerge. It's only a matter of time before the hype fades.

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Posted by Norm Tide on 01/28/2017 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

@Justin Scranton, I would say that the fact that we did this story does not mean we aren't also doing stories such as you describe. That said, I'm hearing you expressing what you want most from our coverage, and I take it to heart. Thanks for being reasonable and constructive in your comment.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 01/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

She didn't say "young girl."

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on 01/28/2017 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

The reviewer lost my respect completely when she resorted to calling herself a "young girl" while recounting her unfavorable version of what happened. Manipulative move on the reader and disrespectful to women of all ages. After this, I can't take this person seriously in her professional capacity and have no interest in reading anything she has to say about the food community.

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Posted by Durmgrl on 01/28/2017 at 7:40 AM

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Definitely interested in making one my very own home. Have the money and land. Richland nc Heather

Posted by heathyd on 01/28/2017 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

Read and learn:

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Posted by JK 2 on 01/28/2017 at 12:27 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

Let's not forget that Crawford was a Beard semifinalist, and not a winner, for a reason. He's one of the new breed of chefs who puts out mediocre food and proclaims himself a genius. A restaurant that has great food, but lacks in ambiance, service and the quality of the staff is a mediocre restaurant. Scott plays diva in the kitchen and ignores the front of the house, and it shows. Like his past ventures, Crawford & Son will have a short shelf-life.

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Posted by NCFoodie on 01/28/2017 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

There seems another side to this that we aren't hearing about. I will offer a suggestion to the food critic: Readers don't enjoy hearing perceived reasons why restaurant employees are dissing the critic or giving them too much or too little eye contact or bad vibes. That is just weird. It sounds like a secret shopper wanted to slip in under the radar to 'catch' people doing bad things then tattling on them with a written piece of none sense. Why not respectfully introduce yourself instead & rate your service & the food accordingly. The drama I just read was a waste of my time & sounded ridiculous! It did spark curiosity & will plan to dine at Crawford & Sons next time I am in the area.

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Posted by EliAnn on 01/27/2017 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Reversing Self, The Civitas Institute Says North Carolina Does Not Need Nonpartisan Redistricting

I would asked that my future representatives show no interest in partisan politics and actually no longer have a majority nor minority in the General Assembly. Any ties that happen in the voting process would be settled by a revote, once then twice. Should a tie remain, the bill is then tabled until next year. My coldest regards for politicians that put their party over the people.

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 01/27/2017 at 7:10 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

I have an honest question. First, I really respect that you are doing your job as a food critic but at what point does Indy Week need to recognize the extraordinary times we are living in and not publish an article that reinforces the very essence of the white privilege that led us to this precipice? There was a time--in my life--where the Indy was a source of real news in the Triangle. It was where I learned about being progressive. Now, it seems, there are more ads and fluff than stories worth reading. I am sure many would enjoy a hot take on Mr. Crawford's food but aren't there real food and beverage stories out there that need to be told? Aren't Raleigh's homeless and hungry being forced out of downtown so we can make more room for affluent young, white people? Didn't NC just get called out for its continued support of the Tobacco industry? Why do we still buy our liquor from a state run agency that surely violates NC prohibition of anti-trust laws? I actually like your writing (quite a bit) but just wish the Indy Week would have a stronger voice on real issues instead of the constant stream of how the gnocchi paired with the foraged mushrooms.

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Posted by Justin Scranton on 01/27/2017 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

Agree with Kander 100%. If you're a chef or a musician or any creative figure putting your work into the world, you are subject to any kind of critical attention whether positive or negative that comes your way. You don't get to control what the press says and doesn't say about you (resisting the urge to make political statements here). You don't get to pick and choose who reviews you and your work. It's hard to imagine someone like Ashley Christensen or Andrea Reusing come out of the kitchen, during service, to out-and-out refuse service to a member of the press. Sounds like this guy's ego has gotten the better of him.

And using the writer's previous work as a litmus test for whether she's "allowed" to do future reviews is not how this works, either. That's a cop out if I've ever seen one.

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Posted by DurhamDude on 01/27/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Reversing Self, The Civitas Institute Says North Carolina Does Not Need Nonpartisan Redistricting

Does anyone see the hypocrisy of the complaints by Democrats and liberals? For over a 100 years Democrats and liberals had a stranglehold on the power to dictate (yes, dictate as in a dictatorship) on the redistricting process. Fortunately over time, North Carolinians smartened up as to what todays Democrats really are and voted the conservatives in office. Now, the Dems complain about the process that they established. I find that the epitome of hypocrisy.

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Posted by Achilles on 01/27/2017 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

It's possible that if your previous reviews focused on the atmosphere and food you'd have more credibility, and not be kicked out from a great restaurant.

"Was the original Standard Foods really about the farmers and producers and butchers and bakers and cooks and you and me, as it claimed? Or was it about Crawford and Crawford and Crawford? ... We'll never know, of course. The ready-for-press story bobs above water, while the rest of the cold, hard truth hides deep below. And I hate diving."

If you're not going to dive into the truths of a matter, then don't even touch the surface. Your previous reviews portray Crawford as an individual who was only out to make good for himself, abandoning Standard and taking what he could. Knowing your preconceptions about Crawford, its no surprise he didn't want you sitting in his restaurant so you can "review" his staff and their appearance rather than the food.

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Posted by spaz72 on 01/27/2017 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

Wow, that's beyond rude. Part of building buzz and reputation for your restaurant is being friendly, hospitable, a place to look forward to patronizing. To hear that the owner/chef refused service to someone is off-putting. It wasn't even clear (I presume) that Emma was there to review, maybe just have some food. Or maybe Crawford & Son don't want any cooks from other restaurants coming in. That, too, is pretty mean-spirited. I'll be avoiding them!

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Posted by Chromejob on 01/27/2017 at 4:25 PM

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Another disappointment ... the original video game (4 games in 1) did pretty well, but another game that wasn't finished until a year later, Discs of Tron, was fantastic. Unlike a lot of platform shooters, this game was well thought out, not so difficult that had to spent $10 to play for an hour (I got up to 40 minutes on a quarter; at a certain level you neither get additional "lives" nor does the game up the ante any further). Did it come to home video game consoles? Nope. It's a free extra on the Tron Killer App Gameboy Advance cartridge. Playing on the handheld Gameboy DS just isn't quite the same. :(

Posted by Chromejob on 01/27/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Scott Crawford Refused to Sell Us a Plate of Food at Crawford and Son

And that's why reviewers do so anonymously. If people are already recognizing you than you're not necessarily getting the experience we would normally get anyway, and isn't that partly the point?

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Posted by Martin_I on 01/27/2017 at 4:02 PM

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