2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Chef, Reviewer, Guest: Who's Got the Power Today?

Monday, March 16
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St

Why do you frequent certain restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks? How do you discover a hot new place? There’s a power shift underway in the food world and it’s impacting what you eat, where you eat, and why, and what chefs and restaurants are thriving—or barely surviving. The influence of social media and the explosion of user-generated content have changed the landscape, calling into question what the traditional classifiers mean. Major newspaper reviews, Michelin stars, Zagat raves: do they impact business and carry the same weight as they once did? Are these old-fashioned metrics, meaningless to the modern food enthusiast, or do they remain the gold standard? What about an Instagram photo, some Yelp love, or a chef’s Twitter feed? Hear what panelists at the epicenter of this shift have to say.


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Chris Stang

Co-Founder & CEO

The Infatuation

Chris Stang is the co-founder of the popular website, app, and dining resource The Infatuation. He and his partner, Andrew Steinthal, began writing restaurant reviews in 2009 after noticing a need ...

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John A Hall

Owner/Exec Chef

Post Office Pies

Kelly Stocker

Community Dir


Kerry Diamond

Editor in Chief

Yahoo! Food

Kerry Diamond is the editor in chief of Yahoo Food. She's co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe, the indie magazine about women and food, and executive producer of Radio Cherry Bombe on...

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