Filed under: Local Food Commentary, Total Rubbish, Uncategorized | Tags: Bathory, chefs, datebook diner, des moines, Food Critics, hugs, Joe Logsdon, La Mie, local, Winni-Gate
Note: This post was originally written on Thursday, but due to time constraints was not finished or posted. I am including the original post, but more of the story has unfolded…so now this is happening:
Wini-Gate part 1
Being inside the kitchen-sphere gives one a great insider view into the hearts and minds of those who have decided that they have what it takes to please the palates of the eating public. One of the common complaints from these hard working owners and chefs, after bad customers and slow business, is the dreaded Restaurant Reviewer. Cries of foul play, unfairness, favorites, and the like can escalate into the more-popular-than-you-would-think “well, if I see that so-and-so come into MY restaurant, I will just tell them to leave.” This is a comment that is generally prefaced by much drinking or similar shenanigans, and is always a tough talking empty threat…until now.
La Mie Owner Joe Logsdon ended what could be hundreds of years of threats of denial towards Reviewers this week with the shocking treatment of our very own Datebook Diner. DD and her Husband attempted to enjoy dinner at La Mie (Now that La Mie has purged itself of Le Jardin, which was a restaurant which served dinner in the La Mie spot and was owned by former Grand Piano Bistro chef Tag Grandgeorge), when they were met with the Brick Wall of Denial from Mr. Logsdon. To get the inside story on what happened you should read DD’s account of the event. My truncated version is this: Winni and her husband showed up very close to closing time, were met by owner Logsdon, and were turned away. I, for one, and pretty shocked at this brazen denial of not only someone who would like some food, but someone who’s opinion on food is generally trusted by the general public.
But does the general public (that means you) need to rely on the opinion of a few professional foodies, or are we ready to trust our digital peers?
Added Friday, Dec 3:
There has been much dicussion/argument regarding Wini-Gate as to who was right or wrong in this situation and I firmly stand on the side of Mr. Logsdon. I know that those of you who follow me on twitter were treated to a “you don’t know the whole story” while trying to argue for the DD’s valor, and I am sticking to my story. I WILL share the other side of this incident when and if I speak to the guy who reached down, grabbed his stuff, squeezed a little, and felt that pain that lets you know that you have cajones to fly that Mission Accomplished flag, Joe Logsdon. Joe, who may go down as a hero to anyone out there in the industry who wanted to treat their local food critic to a little bird watching.
Anyhoo, i suppose I should go earn a real living at my actual job. This will earn you all a special Saturday edition of Locally Grown, as we aim to stir the turd in the punch bowl until it is properly incorporated in the punch party we call the DMZ Dining Scene.