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“Why I Declined the Opportunity to Serve a Plate of Food to INDY Week”

Dear Editor,

I am writing in regards to the recent visit of Indy Week’s dining critic at Crawford and Son. Emma Laperruque visited the restaurant and we politely shared that we would not like to be reviewed by her.

The restaurant was fully committed Saturday evening with a reservation list comprised of supportive guests from Raleigh and surrounding communities. We welcome our guests and their feedback. In addition, I do now, and have throughout my twenty-year career, been welcome to receiving constructive criticism from journalists.

Based upon Ms. Laperruque’s previous coverage and her color commentary on appearances of the staff at Standard Foods, (irrelevant to the service and cuisine which is generally the focus of a review) I felt it was in the best interest of the Crawford and Son team to focus on our non-editorial diners, as I do not believe Ms. Laperruque has the professional experience to review the restaurant. We welcome the opportunity to be reviewed with constructive criticism, but do not feel that Ms. Laperruque’s tenure within the food community justifies her journalistic tone and her approach to covering Raleigh’s thriving culinary community.

Crawford and Son was built for the community and our team. We are proud to be a part of the local food scene and I only speak for myself in sharing this feedback.

Sincerely,
Scott Crawford