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By: | Posted: 08/24/2012
This coming week you will see a new food truck roll out on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul; it’s called AZ Canteen and you can learn all about it at azcanteen.com. We are sampling at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday afternoon by the International Bazaar entrance, so come find us and say hi. I am also taping a Travel Channel special that day for next season; it’s a "Fan Favorite Moments" show, and we have built a giant tent where you can view clips and vote on your favorites. See you there.
My favorite curmudgeon—the man who keeps more people honest than Anderson Cooper—is Stewart Woodman, the uberchef of Heidi's and Birdhouse. He had this (excerpted) to say on his blog, Shefzilla.com:
So a critic is now in the food truck biz, what an interesting development. The new reality raises some very interesting ethical questions for me. Is Zimmern still on the editorial board at MSP-picking cheap eats like he did this month? Does his role as critic and writing about the business conflict with his now actually being in the business? They can’t make the claim that they won’t cover his truck, and keep an arms length, they wrote about it yesterday. Who will review his food truck? Obviously I will for this blog, but who will for the magazine?
MSP has blurred the lines already by having Steven Brown, Johnny Michaels, and Marianne Miller write for the mag. So I’m not sure that there is much consideration along those lines, though you would think they would seek to create the impression of objectivity. You can’t imagine the Star Tribune ever crossing that line. But should a magazine follow a similar code of conduct as a newspaper? Should they try to keep some distance from the industry they cover, or just throw in the towel? Very, very interesting.
Andrew Zimmern is a columnist for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and the host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.See bio
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