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Re: “Chef Ian Merryman Prepares for the Opening of His New Philippine-inspired Restaurant

It's so great to see some off the pimento beaten path cuisine coming to Richmond.
Ian is a wonderfully creative and inventive chef, and he and his family are terrific people as well. I wish them all the best. Here's hoping that the people of RVA embrace Tiny Victory and make it a huge success.

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Posted by Geo J on 05/10/2018 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Musician Giustino Riccio and His Amazing Pizza are at Galley Go-To

Without question the best pizza I've had since the venerable Lombardi's in NYC (AKA the first pizzeria in the United States.) The crust is just outstanding and I could make a meal out of that alone. Here's wishing Giustino continued success!

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Posted by Geo J on 01/03/2018 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Thanks for the Memories

Blaming the Richmond food scene's lack of national recognition on the monuments and "awful racist things that have happened here" is disingenuous, at best.

Nashville has it's "hot chicken" claim to national fame (if you want to consider that a "cuisine"), and Charleston has it's Lowcountry cuisine that has been rightly bringing it attention for a long time.

What does Richmond claim as it's own?

The Sailor sandwich.

As a city, and possibly as a region, there is no identifiable cuisine to call our own. That doen't mean we lack world-class restaurants, of course.

We've gotten plenty of national air time on the Food Network - The late Black Sheep on "Man vs. Food" and "Ginormus Foods" (ridiculous shows, but national nonetheless.) Tanya Cauthen winning "Chopped" and so on. ("Chopped" actually used a quick shot of one of the monuments for it's introduction to Ms. Cauthen. Oh, the horror!)

We've also had great ink in Saveur and Bon Appetit magazines, just to name a couple.

Seriously, is there *anything* that Style can write about that doesn't work the "racism" angle in somehow?

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Posted by Geo J on 12/13/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Men’s Bad Behavior Starts Young, When the Power to Disrespect Feels Like a Birthright

"I have no recollection of whether I had music on or not; that was an embellishment to please the request of my editor for more detail, and to give a feel to the audience that I was in a relaxed mood with my guard down. You know, literary license."

In other words, "bullshit".

How much more of your "story" was "embellished" with "literary license" to please your editor?

"Burning rubber" in your Honda Civic? What was actually said to you?

Believe it or not, a simple solution to what you claimed was said would have been a reply along the lines of, "No thanks, I'm not in the mood for a light snack", or any other insult towards his manhood. Nothing deflates a Neanderthal's libido quicker than making fun of the size of his dick.

I'm not implying that assholes who feel it's not a big deal to address ANYONE in that manner is in any way acceptable, but your story lost quite a bit of credibility with your above quote.

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Posted by Geo J on 11/27/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “First Black Restaurant Week Celebrates Key Contributions to the Local Dining Scene


Festivals promoting and celebrating the cuisines of different cultures have nothing to do with the issues being brought up by Ms. Lemon. The biggest food festival of the year, Broad Appetite, features just about every black owned place you can think of. Ms. Lemon comes across as someone blaming everything and everyone for the problems encountered by the people that venture into the restaurant biz - except, of course, the people that think opening and running a restaurant is so easy.

If someone gets into the restaurant business without knowing *everything* that needs to be known, they are being foolish and naive. Of all people, you know better than anyone that it's more than just about the food.

I have no problem whatsoever with celebrating a "Black Restaurant Week" - Just let's not start blaming others when a black owned restaurant goes under.

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Posted by Geo Jacopec on 03/06/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “First Black Restaurant Week Celebrates Key Contributions to the Local Dining Scene

Sorry, but I need to counter many of Ms. Lemons assertions:

Most black cooks didnt go to culinary school, she says. They learned on the job. They dont feel like they can call themselves chefs.

- Most cooks, PERIOD, didn't go to culinary school and learned on the job. She also needs to learn the difference between a "chef" and a "cook". No one comes out of culinary school as a "chef".

Theres a major divide between black and white resources and education in the [dining] business.

- No one, but no one, is keeping blacks away from educating themselves in the culinary arts. Please refer to Stratford University's program. Sorry, but restaurants fail ALL THE TIME, regardless if they black or white owned and operated. Don't try to shift blame based on race.

"Black-owned restaurants have shorter life spans ..."

- Only if the food and service is not up to par. Croaker's, Mama J's, and the others have been around a good long time, and will continue to be around for years to come - as long as the food is great. I can name plenty of places that opened and closed within 1 year - Regardless of who owned them.

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Posted by Geo Jacopec on 03/06/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “To the Reader: Nine Restaurant Reviews Pulled From Style Weekly

Plagiarism is a terrible thing. I hope this writer has learned the errors of her ways, and that good journalism, of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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Posted by Geo Jacopec on 07/29/2016 at 2:39 PM

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