Farm Fables — Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times

Is it really Farm to Table or is it Farm to Fable? That’s a question that Tampa Bay restaurant critic, Laura Reiley, first asked in her famous investigative series a year ago. Her articles became famous all over the world, reporting that in many cases restaurants were making claims about the origin of their food that simply were not true–or as we say these days “hyperbolic” or “alternative facts”. We spoke to her after the series was published and just re-connected to find out whether she believes there has been change for the better. Sadly mendacity is still present and spinning its way in to larger chains. As a critic she is careful to not show her face, but she won’t walk away from these awkward issues. She suggests the responsibilities we all have to promote honest food.

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