The time has come for Immaculate Infatuation to expand. We’re of the belief that the rest of the continental United States is primed for the taking, and as of today, we're loading up the wagons and heading for what's rightfully ours.
Over the next few months, you'll see some changes start to take place that we think will make this website a better and more useful way for you to find and read about restaurants - whether you're in New York City or outside of it. Slowly but surely, we'll be covering new cities, introducing some new content, and becoming generally more prolific and awesome. More on that soon. So what exactly does that mean for you?
We’ve gotten a lot of emails from various people over the years asking if they can write for us. The answer has always been no. We weren’t ready yet. Well, times have changed. We’re taking applications starting today. Much like we've found in our other lives in the music business, it’s all about finding the talent. And now's your chance to pull the food writing equivalent of getting discovered on YouTube. You might just be a restaurant review writing Justin Bieber.
As much as we're looking for an internet star, what we're really looking for are people who are cut from the same cloth we are. Regular people who are food obsessed, but aren’t pretentious about it. The person in your group of friends who always picks the restaurant, and always gets it right. What we aren't looking for are professional writers - of any sort. We’re also not looking for people in any way associated with the restaurant or culinary world. No publicists, no Maître d's, no sous chefs, and nobody who spends time hanging out with chefs. And anyone who has the word “foodie” in their Twitter bio will be immediately disqualified. Also, please note. We're pretty well covered in NYC. The goal of this search is to uncover talent outside of our city.
If you read this website a lot, you know pretty damn well who we are and what we’re all about. If you think that you or any of your friends, acquaintances, or peers might be great for this, let us know. The application process is simple: Write one restaurant review in the same format that we do (complete with a rating, Perfect For tags, and a Food Rundown), put it in a Word document, and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com. Don't worry about what city you currently reside in. As long as it's some kind of population center, you are eligible.
Also, related to this topic, starting next week you will begin to see some new bylines on reviews. We've enlisted the help of silent Infatuation partner Mike Mignano (pictured seated, with musket) to handle reviews on the other side of the Hudson for us, mainly Jersey City and Hoboken. And our very own Sweatshorts (pictured, with hounds) will be covering some of New York City for us as well. We met Sweatshorts on Twitter a few years ago when he was looking for a date for Turkey Leg Ball, and it turns out he actually knows what he's talking about when it comes to restaurants. Here's to hoping he's not a psycho.
We're excited about the future, and we're looking forward to reading some reviews. See you out on the dusty trail.
-Stang & Steinthal