Article by Fitz
Something is boiling up just beneath the surface of our local food scene. Chef’s competitions, pop-up restaurants, chef’s collectives, and collaborative dinners are becoming the norm. In that environment we have seen the rise of new food media that is often independent and outspoken. Here are a few to keeps your eyes and ears on.
Xerxes Nabong has hosted over 75 events since joining Yelp in 2012, most of which are at local restaurants. The son of a former restaurant owner, Nabong, for many locally is the most recognizable face of the substantial Hampton Roads Yelp contingent. Nabong likes his food straight forward and when good, “plenty of it” as he likes to say. As Yelp’s Community Director, Nabong often fields questions from The Virginian Pilot and other mainstream media outlets as Yelp continues to grow creating admirers and detractors for their unabashed reviews.
Danielle Jones is half of Slice & Torte, an independent food podcast which comments on some of the best restaurants and culinary events in Hampton Roads. Jones lives and works out of Norfolk while her Co-Host Sherrod Faulks lives and works out of Durham, North Carolina. Having just completed their 32nd episode, Jones, a baker, and Faulks, a cook, have an endearing chemistry on their show with Jones’ biting wit being the perfect foil to Faulks exuberant demeanor. For more on Slice and Torte, visit sliceandtorte.com
Kim Parker was influenced by George Culver’s popular blog, I Heart Food, and also drew from her substantial Yelp review catalog to create her food blog, So Full Zest. Eating her way through Hampton Roads for a while now, Parker, in the last year revamped her diet and lost over fifty pounds. In recent times, with blogs like Changing The Weight Conversation With My Doctor, Parker is finding her new normal with food and you can read all about it at sofullzest.com
Marc Frank is half of Spark and the Wizardbug, a podcast recorded out of Virginia Beach. Frank, Head of Marketing at the Portsmouth Army-Navy store, has been engaged with local culture for some time. With his often reserved co-host, Nick Sample, Frank, a long time foodie and locally knowledgeable eater, comments on many of the best insider food spots in Hampton Roads. Touting guests like Chef Josh Gregory at Supper Southern Morsels and Owner Rick Fraley of The Ten Top, his podcast has debuted strong. Listen to Spark and the Wizardbug at soundcloud.com/sparkandthewizardbug