John Li has been coping with random food obsessions for as long as he can remember, starting with Triscuits as a child. His current obsessions include ramen, margherita pizzas, and single malt scotches. His passion for food and technology culminated in co-founding Menuism in 2006.
I was recently invited to join a roundtable discussion at Rafe Needleman’s Reporters’ Roundtable on CNET. The theme: how the Web has changed the restaurant business. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to reflect on this intersection of digital and dining that Menuism’s been a part of for more than five years now. My fellow guest was Mark Pastore, owner of Incanto and Boccalone, and an outspoken critic of Web services like OpenTable and Groupon. The topics of discussion were broad and interesting, from diners’ growing expectations to the increasing complexity of running a restaurant business in an era of social media. Rather than rehashing many of the topics we covered at the roundtable, I thought I’d post the video so you can watch for yourself here. (more…)