Well Done: Writing Restaurant Reviews
July 14 - July 28, 2010
One of the greatest perks of living in Boston is dining at all of the city’s trendy restaurants, yet, how frustrating is it to read a bland or inaccurate review? Great atmosphere, quick service, good food, four stars…! What do you do with that? Looking for something saucier? Write your own! This summer braise your inner food critic at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE). The secret ingredients? Stuff Magazine’s Food Editor-at-Large Louisa Kasdon and her five-star class: “Well Done: Writing Restaurant Reviews.” Louisa will teach students how to write a credible restaurant review based on everything from service and ambiance to the latest culinary trends. Students will learn the difference between a credible review and a rant, how to write both subjectively and objectively, as well as how to best capture and critique your culinary experiences. Louisa will be joined by guest instructors including The Boston Globe writer Alison Arnett and Executive Chef Jason Santos of Gargoyles on the Square, in addition to other well-known Boston chefs. Alison Arnett was The Boston Globe’s restaurant critic and chief food writer for over 15 years. She not only reviewed Boston’s restaurants in a period of expansive growth and creativity, but also reported and wrote about nutrition, agriculture, trends, fads, cookbooks and personalities in the food business. As Executive Chef of Gargoyles on the Square, Jason Santos serves up provocative American cuisine, combining Asian, French and traditional American flavors with a visual and textual twist. His menu consists of everything from truffles, foie gras and caviar-garnished dishes to house-made jalapeno corn dogs. Santos has made many television and radio appearances, including spots on “The Best Of” on The Food Network and CBS's “The Early Show” as part of the Chef on a Shoestring series, and will appear on FOX’s “Hell’s’ Kitchen” on June 1, 2010. About the Instructor: Louisa Kasdon is currently the Food Editor-at-Large of Stuff Magazine, managing editor of How2Heroes.com and a contributing editor to the new on-line cooking magazine, ZesterDaily.com. A former owner of three restaurants in Boston, she is the author of over 400 articles, columns and feature stories, most of which are focused on the culinary world, food and cooking personalities and the restaurant industry. Her work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix, The Boston Globe, MORE Magazine, Cooking Light, Fortune Magazine, and Boston Magazine among others. In 2008 Louisa was the first prize winner of the M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, WHERE: Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington Street, Boston MA, 02116 WHEN: Wednesday, 6:00pm - 7:30pm; 3 sessions starting July 14, 2010, ending July 28, 2010 COST: $60 for non-members, $50 for members RSVP: Registration is necessary. Please visit www.bcae.org or call the Boston Center for Adult Education at 617-267-4430 to sign up.