Check please

Meghan O'Connor


You’re out to dinner with your new beau, trying to impress them with a nice dinner out on the town. Your waiter is nowhere to be found because he is fawning over another guest and the incessant photography flash from a person’s iPhone is enough to lose your appetite.

We have all been there. Those restaurant experiences we would be better off forgetting altogether. 

Well, it’s about to get worse.

Entrepreneur Brad Newman has just added another nuisance for our nights out and it’s called “ReviewerCard.”

This little laminated card runs its buyers $100 to be recognized by restaurant staff as a food critic.

Over the past few years, websites like Yelp or Urban Spoon have hit a stride with people setting up anonymous accounts to post restaurant critiques.

I will admit that I have found myself on these sites from time to time to check out what’s “good” and what’s “not so good.”

But we aren’t here to talk about my strange Internet habits. I’m here to continue complaining about this ludicrous card allowing average people to become self-proclaimed food critics.

We have all come across a person who refers to themselves as a “foodie.” This basically means they like to gorge themselves on a Friday night on some “authentic” Thai food. That’s fine. It’s not bothering me what they do in the comfort of their own home.

These people have merely purchased their expertise. And while they aren’t trained in the culinary art servers are still compelled and obligated to give these patrons top-notch service.

With the invention of Instagram or Pinterest it is not uncommon for your dining experience to resemble a rave from the incessant flashes coming from people’s mobile devices.

 While I and I’m sure many of you have found yourselves scrolling through review after review before hitting up the town with your friends, how do we know that what we are getting is even of value?

Now everyone can be deemed a professional food critic or a food photographer.