I’ve had a terrific run at the Ottawa Citizen. I’m grateful for the twenty-year platform it’s provided for my freelance columns. But today I must tell you that the Citizen and I have parted company.
This week I received an email from my publisher explaining his decision to provide Citizen readers with a new voice and perspective on Ottawa’s dining out scene. He felt it was time.
And he’s probably right. Columns have life spans, and mine has had a long one.
It’s been a privilege to report on Ottawa’s restaurants over the last two decades. From my inaugural review of The Green Valley in 1993, to the pleasure of watching, just two weeks ago, the team at Atelier – a wee 22-seat boite that is Canada’s only restaurant with a tasting menu of molecular cuisine – win handily at the Canadian Culinary Championships, it’s been a marvellous ride.
But here’s the thing: after more than a thousand restaurant reviews, I still find myself hungry.
So after I’ve taken some time to digest this bit of news, I think I’ll just carry on writing about a subject I find irresistible, right here, in this blog. And, as always, I hope you’ll keep in touch. [email protected]