I recently had the pleasure of dining with Jeffrey Callison, host of the afternoon interview show "Insight" on Capitol Public Radio. Jeffrey contacted me and wanted to see what it would be like to dine undercover as a critic. I told him he could tag along -- as long as he agreed to my terms. I stopped short of requiring him to dress as a woman. I'm saving that for if Armstrong & Getty ever call.
Jeffrey played along with good cheer, arriving at the restaurant and identifying me by the agreed upon code name. I wore my best toupe, so there's a good chance he will not recognize me again.
Jeffrey ordered what I suggested at a restaurant that was wonderfully alive, a small room but cozy and authentic. In no time, he was a critic himself, wondering where our server had disappeared to and, at the close of the evening, pointing out that his bread pudding lacked raisins. I'm not sure I would deduct points for missing raisins, but I appreciated his eye for detail. Being Scottish, Jeffrey has had plenty of bread pudding in his time.
Over dinner, I seemed to be asking most of the questions and we had a nice chat. I certainly enjoyed his company. The following day, I appeared on his show. Here is the link if you want to hear it (I come on after 10-15 minutes):