HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >


Blogger offers rave review for free food, hilarity ensues.....

  • 8

So that sort of backfired.....


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. of course! A free meal for publicity? It's never been done? OK.a bit outrageous and pretentious. Who ever said Bloggers had to be smart or subtle

    1. Is she a yelp elite?

      1. Funny. Businesses approach writers and musicians to do free work all the time, because think of the publicity! Somehow that's fine, but let a writer try it from their end and it's audacious and laughable.

        2 Replies
        1. re: ennuisans

          Not the same thing. Asking writers to work for free in exchange for "exposure" is different from offering a favorable review in exchange for a fancy dinner. Both scenarios are icky, but the latter has that extra layer of deception (because readers won't know the review was bought & paid for) that ratchets up the stink.

          1. re: ennuisans

            Right and every serious musician and writer I know scoff at the free for publicity offer. They expect to get paid.

          2. And I don't see any disclosure on her website that she accepts freebies in return for write-ups/"reviews". That's the most unethical thing to me - and potentially an FTC violation given current guidelines for bloggers.

              1. Shrug... she's not actually a reviewer. She's shilling advertising for the restaurant, assuming that anybody thinks she's famous enough to take up. Doesn't seem any different from the endless 'product placements' we're subjected to in the media nowadays. The product gives money/product to the public personage, they get PR. Only question is, is this person actually a 'celebrity' enough to give the restaurant the value she's promising. I could shill for you on my facebook - I have 300 friends! But who cares...