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Food Critics Spill the Beans in San Francisco

Palo Alto-based food writer Trevor Felch cooked up a saucy litte summary for SF Weekly of an “Editors Panel” held at the 2013 SF Chefs Festival. Participating were NYT Atlanta bureau chief Kim Severson (a former food beat journo), Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema, San Francisco Chronicle food editor Miriam Morgan and Sunset magazine food editor Margo True.

Sietsema had an interesting observation about the difficulty a full-time print journalist faces when competing with bloggers. That particular takeaway was shared by Felch under the sub-headline “Maintaining Professional Distance Has Its Detriments:”

Sietsema mentioned how he personally can’t get scoops from chefs like bloggers can, because professional food writers and editors have to keep an important objective distance from the restaurants. In Sietsema’s words, “A lot of news gets broken over bourbon at midnight.” He can’t exactly do that with José Andres.

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More Thoughts On Condé Nast

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It’s only natural that, in the days following the announcement of four magazine closures at Condé Nast, everyone around the industry would have something to say. (We also had our own thoughts on getting laid off.)

Last night, at the mediabistro.com cocktail party we hosted, the Condé closings were on everyone’s mind. We were asked, why didn’t the company look to sell longstanding epicurean title Gourmet instead of shuttering it? Our party guests weren’t the only ones wondering this. Former New York Sun managing editor Ira Stoll blogged about this very topic on The Future of Capitalism blog, focusing on the antitrust angle of a company closing one title but keeping another in the same category going.

Here are some other things that people are talking about:

- The New York Observer looked at how Condé Nast can look towards a future in digital — especially in their epicurean and bridal areas. “One source from Condé Nast Digital told The Observer that [Gourmet's] Web projects may be folded into BonAppetit.com, the site of Condé Nast’s other magazine about food and cooking, but those plans could not be confirmed.”

- The New York Post reports that “at least three Condé Nast titles are said to be considering frequency chops as a way to shave budgets” by the approximately 25 percent mandated by company execs. Those said to be mulling cutting their frequencies include Allure, W and Lucky.

- Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl called The New York TimesKim Severson, “sounding tired and reflective and sad.” Reichl revealed that she is working on new book that will focus on “the Condé Nast years.” She will also continue to travel to support the new cookbook Gourmet Today and will debut the public television show “Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth” later this month.

And check out Jon Stewart‘s solution to Condé Nast’s problems in the clip above, Pregnant Gourmet Bride magazine.

Related: Confessions Of A Condé Nast Layoff Victim

Pixar Makes Rataouille–Will Rat Movie Make Money?

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Pixar has an upcoming animated tale of a rat who yearns to create in the kitchen, Ratatouille. And Kim Severson, in the NY Times food section, inadvertenly explains why movies cost so much. Thomas Keller of the French Laundry was the technical consultant, and

The Pixar crew took cooking classes, ate at notable restaurants in Paris and worked alongside Mr. Keller at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif.

The tasting menu is prie fixe at $240. The film’s budget was in the $100 million area.

With Brad Bird at the helm, Rataouille looks to be more fun than last summer’s Cars. Trailer here. Sneak previews this Saturday, too.

Upcoming Pixar has more info on the studio than anyone might ever need. Victor Navone, Pixar animator, blogs his reactions.