Food & Drink

Meet The Bee’s new restaurant critic

We are pleased to introduce a familiar face in a new context. Carla Meyer, The Bee’s former movie critic, now will apply her estimable writing and interpretive skills to reviewing restaurants.

While it’s a switch in beats for Meyer, it’s one for which she’s well positioned. Food and agriculture long have been a part of her life. Growing up in Kern County, she worked in fruit-and-vegetable packinghouses. She also worked in restaurants before becoming a film critic.

And really, what is dining out, with its costumed players entertaining audiences on staged sets, if not a theatrical – even cinematic – production?

But back to that familiar face. Readers have witnessed many innovations in recent weeks at The Bee. Here’s another. Meyer’s photo will appear with her reviews. She won’t be anonymous like previous Bee food critics, who labored to keep their identity a secret so they would receive the same treatment as average diners.

Why have we decided to make this change?

First, the practical. Meyer’s photo previously has run in The Bee. But there are other considerations, including the fact that it’s largely impossible to remain anonymous in the digital age, as food critics such as the Los Angeles Times’ Jonathan Gold and the Dallas Morning News’ Leslie Brenner have noted. By jettisoning this practice, Meyer will be able to interact more closely with Sacramento’s food and dining community.

But here’s something that won’t change: The Bee’s commitment to fair and impartial food criticism that helps readers decide where to best spend their time and money when dining out.

Tim Swanson,

Feast editor