Jerry Fisher was sitting on the couch reading Olive Garden reviews [a trend that went viral last year courtesy of the octogenarian critic Marilyn Hagerty] to his wife when the idea for “An Evening of Catharsis: KC Chefs Read Yelp!” came to him.
“We started joking about the dramatic readings of Yelp and Twitter that celebrities do and then I wondered if chefs would be interested in doing the same thing,” Fisher says.
The first three chefs he called — Bluestem’s Colby Garrelts, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange’s Howard Hanna, and Port Fonda’s Patrick Ryan — were all excited about delving into the world of online reviewing. The trio will be on hand at the 403 Club (614 Reynolds Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas), starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, to hear, address and laugh about “their funniest, bad reviews.”
“It’s not an indictment of Yelp,” Fisher says. “This is about those genuinely funny and wrong-headed reviews that I think we’ll all get a kick out of.”
The night, which Fisher intends as a tribute to the service industry, will also serve as a fundraiser. The ticket sales and raffle money will both benefit the Midwest Music Foundation.
“Chefs are some of the most generous people I know,” Fisher says. “I saw this as a benefit for them to enjoy themselves. I think we’ll definitely going to get the other side of those bad reviews.
Tickets are $10 and on sale now. Admission includes food and a raffle ticket. The event is 21 and over.[Image via Facebook: Rye]