Friday, January 29, 2010

Defining 'comprehensive' for the Gazette

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 11:26 AM

The Gazette released its 2010 Dining Guide today, boasting 222 mini-reviews and the following excerpt from editor Warren Epstein's introduction:

The 2010 GO! Dining Guide represents the only comprehensive, easy-to-use guide to the best restaurants in the Pikes Peak region. NOBODY ELSE DOES THIS! You can look in Zagat, AAA, Yelp, Yahoo, Google, Forbes, The Independent. Nobody has done this kind of painstaking culinary research of our local dining scene.

Well, Warren, we simply disagree and find your assessment to be exaggerated and frankly, untrue.

You see, the Indy also releases an annual dining guide called Bites, which will be inserted into our Feb. 4 issue next week. And yes, we absolutely do undertake "painstaking culinary research" to construct our guide. I speak as one of the two people responsible for said research.

You aren't alone in mapping our local culinary scene, so the bold " NOBODY ELSE DOES THIS!" line is simply erroneous.

It would seem you've based this claim on the word "comprehensive," as your guide does contain the aforementioned 222 write-ups. But we of course, could point out key, longstanding Springs-area businesses as missing, such as The Pepper Tree, Giuseppe's Depot, The Loop, Front Range Barbecue, Mona Lisa, Vallejo's, Señor Manuel's, the Black Bear and the Corner Café.

With our Bites guide, we are upfront about being not entirely comprehensive, as it's not realistic to include every single Springs eatery into a dining guide. Whereas most Gazette Dining Guide blurbs run a sentence or two, the majority of our Bites guide picks will run between 50 and 100 words, nearly a full paragraph.

So, we could argue that with depth, instead of just quantity, comes a product that best serves the readers.

We'd rather simply acknowledge the Gazette for its effort. But we encourage the daily next year to be more humble, and not falsely claim exclusivity.

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