June 11, 2021

Polly Campbell

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What I Learned In Twenty-Three Years as a Midwestern Food Writer

"I was interested in what we had, not what we didn’t have."

We didn’t waste time reproducing fads from elsewhere or opening restaurants that our community couldn’t or wouldn’t support. I remember reading a story about a restaurant where guests lounged on beds while eating and thinking, “I’m glad other people can weed out the dumb fads so we don’t have to.” Our centuries-old city has enough culture, enough history, enough distinctive architecture and local flavor, to offer inspiration anywhere a person looks.

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