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Robert Paterson was introduced to the Lenox area in the late 1890’s by his friend John Sloan (of W&J Sloane). Lenox already had many great estates, prompting the area to be known as “the queen of inland resorts” or, as Cleveland Amory wrote, “the Switzerland of America.” Paterson acquired the Lenox estate of 220 acres called “Highlawn” from the Dorr family. He tore down the modest house, keeping the outbuildings. Hence, the Carriage House Stables and Potting Shed date from the late 19th century. He set about building a property on a grand scale… More…
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This month we chatted with YOU, our audience and Amy Cao, Head of Social Media for Foodspotting about “Food Paparazzi”. This February edition of #luxchat is brought to you LIVE from Blantyre Resort, a luxury country home hotel in Lenox, MA.
Click here to check out the full transcript and here/here to see the articles that inspired the conversation, via Los Angeles Times and New York Times. We asked your thoughts on food paparazzi and discuss the evolution of food reviews from traditional channels to digital.
Q1. Food Paparazzi! Your thoughts?
- @AmyBlogsChow: Definitely can’t argue with that. Restaurant info - ALL info - has become available practically instantly.
- @VegasBill: Documenting meals in real-time have become more popular. We see some at nearby tables will start the same.
- @kmarney66: I appreciate the tweets ‘cuz it exposes me to places that might not be “listed” at top dining spots. Love the hidden gems, the instant shots because reviews can be stale/dated but real time is fresh.
- @thechrislam: People who take pictures of their food while I’m eating is no big deal. They’re obviously excited about their food. Just don’t blind me with flash!
Q2. Have you been in a restaurant with someone documenting their meal in real-time? Did it detract from your fine dining experience?
- @AmyBlogsChow: as casual food photography become more common, the photographers are also more conscientious of what’s acceptable. flash photography in dark restaurants is inconsiderate. When that happens is when I put my head down in shame
- @NotCot: so hard for it not to? recent press trip, the number of “wait! picture first” before diving into dish definitely have slowed things down.
- @VinoFuse: The tension in the @latimes article comes from restaurants wanting to deliver a luxury experience and diners wanting to create their own.
Q3. How has the existence of apps like @Foodspotting or @Yelp change your dining experience? What helps you determine who’s opinion is relevant when dining?
- @AmyBlogsChow: Just as food pics can look delicious, they can also make food look bad…which some restaurant owners are wary of. Photographing the food sometimes allows the diner to express THEIR view of the food, independent of the chef’s. As far as opinions, it depends, some diners prefer the wisdom of a NYTimes critic, others look to their friends & peers.
- @MisterHirsch: The apps has change our experience and for the better… I always enjoy others tips & recommendations.
- @WickInnBC: Just like reviews on Trip Advisor, the unlimited sharing challenges all of us to stay ahead of the game.
- @EliteTravelGal: i read Yelp & OpenTable reviews but defer to friends for recommendations
Q4. Are Food Paparazzi cultural?
- @AmyBlogsChow: I’ve heard that food lovers in Asian countries, like Japan, are very open about photographing food! It’s even cool! haven’t experienced food photography phenomenon 1st hand in Asia but from what @Foodspotting CEO says: It is common.
- @Moscerina: Italy has a such a strong culture of eating & knowing what one likes, i think the attitude towards food papsi is an amused “Why?”
Q5. Everybody’s a “Foodie” these days, what are your thoughts?
- @AmyBlogsChow: At the heart of it: someone who loves food. Cooking, eating, finding a great dish, but quite possibly “foodies” are aspiring food writers. The web has merely democratized the process.
- @LuxuryPRGal: Foodie = someone who loves to EAT! Who revels in subtleties of cooking, dining. Food as an experience — not fuel.
- @JohnicaReed: Everyone eats, so everyone thinks they’re a foodie. No knowledge or deference for those who’ve honed the craft of critiquing food.
Q6. Do we have any restauranteurs or hoteliers who have specific rules about photography in the dining room?
- @BlantyreResort: We have private rooms people can take photos, but in main dining room we prefer no electronics. People come to us for privacy and serenity. Privacy is important here at Blantyre. Our policy of no electronics is because our fear of guests taking pictures of other guests.
- @WickInnBC: We see some of it, which works as long as it doesn’t affect other patrons & guests… and we appreciate the appreciation! Our principal rule at is to not disturb others’ dining experience.
Q7. Do you think the consumers are listening more to the traditional channel or the new ones when it comes to reviews?
- @AmyBlogsChow: services such as Yelp and @foodspotting are gaining momentum because people are looking for input from peers. Also, they want food recommendations on the go! Food apps are meeting that need.
- @LuxuryPRGal: Social media is becoming a peer recommendation engine — instead of Google, users are turning to their friends for advice on brands