New flavors in culinary coverage

For some readers, I know the most exciting thing in today’s Weekender will be the return of restaurant reviews with Jacalyn Carfagno’s take on Graze in Winchester. Over the years, our readers have told us they love reading about local restaurants with their feedback and their hits, so while the reviews went on hiatus while some personnel changes were underway this summer, we have always aimed to bring them back and are thrilled to make good on that this week.

Today is also the day we bid adieu to longtime — seems like an understatement when you’re talking about 40 years — food and restaurant writer Sharon Thompson. As we wish her a great retirement with her last Tidbits column, we are also making plans for continued coverage of restaurant news, including a new podcast, LexGo Eat! (See the video version at the top of this page.)

We are certainly not going to replace the more than 40 years of service and knowledge that Sharon has given the Herald-Leader. But we are dedicated to continuing to relay much of the dining information you have come to expect from us. Staff writers Janet Patton and Cheryl Truman have been enthusiastically pitching ideas and doggedly pursing leads for how we can continue some traditions and create new ones on the culinary beat. So stay tuned, and send us any ideas you may have of what you would like to see in dining coverage at the Herald-Leader and


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