Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Interesting Read of the Day

If there are three things Facebook seems to be about these days it is babies, pets, and pictures of food.

The NY Times posted an interesting column about the current trend of people and their food photos.  It focus on those who take a moment before chowing down on their meal to snap a smartphone photo and post it on a social network.  The article outlines how some restaurants are beginning to turn their noses at this fascinating trend.   These fancy establishments, like (Momofuku Ko and Per Se) are even starting to call out their customers about the rudeness of theseare even starting to call out their customers about the rudeness of these momentary flashes.  I found this quote by Moe Issa, the owner of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare quite interesting. 
“Some people are arrogant about it,” he said. “They don’t understand why. But we explain that it’s one big table and we want the people around you to enjoy their meal. They pay a lot of money for this meal. It became even a distraction for the chef.”
Issa also states that these pictures ruin the flow of the meal.  The article also draws upon the expertise of  an iPhone photography teacher in Bushwick.
I am as guilty as the next person (just take a look at my instagram).  I found just the fact that this column was posted an interesting comment on just where dining out is headed.  Its not enough to enjoy food; now we must take pictures of the food so that other people know we enjoyed it.  It poses the question: If a food is consumed with photographic evidence, was it actually consumed?

Gawker posted an especially snarky response to the NYT article.

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