Your restaurant review assignment has three parts.
1. The expectation and anticipation: 500 words
a restaurant to review. Choose a restaurant that serves food that
represents a “vivid entryway into another culture” for you (Long 1), and
that may be a kind of travel or border crossing for you personally.
Write a blog post of 500 words or more evaluating your expectations of
and assumptions about the experience. What personal experiences or
baggage from the past influence what you think will happen in terms of
the dining experience? What are your worries or concerns, hopes and
desires for the meal? Reference any pertinent readings (including CYOA,
classmates’ blog posts, more formal readings for the course, etc.) and
conversations (in class or online via blogs) in this informal,
conversational essay. Post to your blog BEFORE you go to the restaurant.
The audience for this piece is, indeed, this class. (Also, rather than
post a list of restaurants in the area, I'm going to let you do a little
reporting on that, and we can brainstorm in class as well.)
2. The review: 1000 words
the restaurant reviews we're reading for Tuesday as a model, write a
well-reasoned and –argued, structurally sound, utterly readable if not
downright entertaining review of the restaurant you chose.
terms of PROCESS, do background research on the restaurant and the
cuisine, take notes (and maybe photos) during the meal, think long and
hard about what you have to say about the experience (both the food and
the place/ambiance), find a place (aka “The But”) on the pan-to-rave
continuum where you stand, start to develop the thesis, the main points
you’ll argue to support “The But.”
With regard to
ORGANIZING/WRITING, make sure your piece has clear elements: thesis,
point of view, an effective lead, evidence to support your claims, a
conclusion that leaves a lasting impression, etc.). Also, provide
perspective/context/background/research and analysis. Build your case
and do it as artfully and appropriately for your intended audience as
you can. (We'll talk more about the elements of a good review in class
Choose an intended publication and state it before the lead of your piece.
3. The evaluation
will give you this part of the assignment after workshop. Don’t worry
about it. It will be pleasant and informal and written for the class on
your blog, much as the first part of the assignment.