Dining News: Sac Bee Movie Critic Carla Meyer Becomes Dining Critic
May 25, 2015
Excited to report that I am the new dining critic for @sacbee_news!— Carla Meyer (@CarlaMeyerSB) May 22, 2015
Three months after previous restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson wrote his final review about Studio Movie Grill, the Sac Bee's movie critic Carla Meyer takes over as dining critic, she announced on Twitter last week.
Here's what's we know about Meyer via some quick research on Google:
- She came to the Bee in 2005. Previously, she worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, and her favorite movies all time are "All About Eve," "The African Queen," "Brokeback Mountain and "Dog Day Afternoon." (Source: CityWinery.com)
- While at the Chronicle, she also co-wrote a twice-weekly column "Stein & Meyer: Movie Insider" on the movie industry. At the Chronicle, she also worked for the datebook and sports sections. (Source: SacPress.com.)
- Rotten Tomatoes lists her as also working at the Dallas Morning News. (Source: Rotten Tomatoes) (Update 6/3/2015: During a recent e-mail exchange, Meyer clarified that her reviews may have been published in the Dallas Morning News, but she never worked there.)
- Per the Sac Bee's Chris Macias on Facebook, Meyer has worked in the restaurant industry in multiple positions. (Source: NewsReview.com)
- She attended Shafter High School near Fresno, and it appears she graduated in 1985. (Source: Facebook)
While the previous reviewer at the Sac Bee held a pretense of anonymity, many in the restaurant industry recognized his distinct look as he traveled around town. Here's a recent tweet from Jess Milbourn, formerly of West Sac's The Eatery and Broderick, and who recently hinted he has a new venture in the works.
@fatvelocipede doesn't matter. Everyone knew who Blair was too. Same w dunne.— Jess Milbourn, Jr. (@jessmilbournjr) May 22, 2015
But maybe even the pretense isn't as important anymore. Pulitizer Prize winner Jonathan Gold, the restaurant critic for the LA Times, recently unmasked himself.
Reading the Bee's restaurant reviews is one of the highlights of my Sundays. I look forward to checking out Meyer's work in the coming weeks.
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My vote would have gone to Allen Pierleoni. His reviews are fair, quick reads and unpretentious. That's what I'm looking for in a review. The Bee is a daily newspaper with a shrinking staff. It has three writers writing about food and more writing about beer and wine. It's too many.
Posted by: James Raia | May 26, 2015 at 09:39 AM