This being a Wednesday and all, the day of the week on which the focus is food critics, the timing seems right to unveil a particularly enjoyable piece of photo journalism that found its way to us late last week. At right is just a small piece of a larger photo. (For those with a bit of back-of-house experience, perhaps you see where this is going.)
Increasingly, even the top critics admit to being made--recognized mid-meal. How, exactly, does a good restaurant manager do this?
In-deed. One way good venues know when a reviewer is in the house is with the help of these types of postings (appearing here via camera phone snap; occasionally supplied by the PR firm). This is, of course, the crown jewel: the Bruni Flyer. The text at bottom reads:
Frank BruniAlso, HE HAS TWO STARS TATOOED ON HIS LEFT FOREARM.
New York Times Reviewer
HE LOOKS VERY YOUNG
HIS GUEST ARE VERY OFTEN FEMALE
HE IS EXTREMELY POLITE WITH STAFF
QUESTIONS ABOUT FOOD ARE ASKED IN A VERY CASUAL, UNASSUMING MANNER
Have one of these flyers in your kitchen? Snap and send, please.