Michael Bauer & Pat Kuleto?
According to guildelines entitled About our reviews on SFGate, "Chronicle reviewers visit restaurants anonymously, and all meals are paid for by The Chronicle". Michael Bauer, The Chronicle's critic reviewed Pat Kuleto's new restaurant Epic this past weekend. [Read it here.] My own opinion of that review was that I didn't think it read as particularly glowing and I was subsequently surprised that Epic got as many as 3 stars from Bauer.
I wonder, perhaps, if Bauer & Kuleto are friends and that swayed Bauer's judgement?
Consequently, I was interested to read Bauer's Notes in today's San Francisco Chronicle Food and Wine Newsletter which I subscribe to via email.
"When I ran into Pat Kuleto at his restaurant Epic recently, he posed that question to me as he picked up and ate one of the fat grilled spears I ordered to go with the prime rib."
PS. I have eaten at Epic once.
UPDATE - I wrote to Michael Bauer re this subject and his response surprised me. Needless to say I had erroneously jumped to the conclusion that there must have been some great level of intimacy for that situation to have occurred. Apparently not so and although they each know who the other is in professional terms, Michael himself explained to me he was surprised by the bravado of Kuleto's action.
Another reader pointed out to me off the blog, Michael clearly felt he had nothing to hide by writing the newsletter piece in the first place, which is another point to take consideration.
© 2008 Sam Breach Michael Bauer & Pat Kuleto?