I've been through corporate merger/acquisitions before in my past professional life. The awkward efforts of former fierce competitors to try to build a successful team, the interviewing for your own job, the damn ropes course retreats...it can be stressful.
Two weeks into the SouthComm/Scenification, things appear to be coming along as well as can be expected. The sales staffs are cooperating to offer new services to our advertisers, accounting is smoothly reconciling two sets of books into one customer list, editorial is brainstorming on how to continue to improve the style and content of all the SouthComm publications and IT is...well, IT is doing the best that they can merging disparate technologies. (We love IT as much as we love anybody else in the building, except maybe payroll, and hope they keep plugging along and keeping us online!)
But what can we, your hardworking food writers do to contribute to the continuing success of this burgeoning enterprise? Well, we can do what everybody asks us to do. Suggest places to eat.
For a scientific answer I used one of my favorite dining tools, mezzoman.com, which I first told you all about a few months ago. Entering in the address of the Scene offices on 12th Avenue and our new corporate overlords over in the Grassmere Industrial Complex, the Mezzoman decision engine grinded for a millisecond and came out with the restaurant closest to the midpoint between the two locations. Uh oh, Wendy's on Thompson Lane. We've learned y'all don't like to read too much about fast food.
Expanding the search radius a little bit, we get a better result. Ding, ding, ding-The Yellow Porch. Now that's a winner for lunch! The Sun-Dried Cherry Salad with
Port Poached Sun-Dried Cherries with Baby Greens, Spiced Walnuts, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette has always been a personal favorite and the Reuben is a great sandwich if you're looking for heartier fare.
Technically, The Yellow Porch is actually about .3 miles closer to the Mothership than to the Scene offices. But we all know who bought whom. I'll gladly drive an extra block, boss. Hell, I'll pick you up.