In case you haven't noticed (or in case you're too lazy to scroll down the page just a little), we--the indomitable staff of the Westword Cafe section--now have a twitter feed. We're also sporting a couple of new bylines, some fresh blood, and have been working hard to keep the beast fed and the Cafe Society blog updated throughout the week with all the breaking news, weird rants, gossip and scurrilous rumor we can cram in. We've been expanding our beats, digging for stories, drinking on the job and spending the company's money like cranked-up teenagers with a fistful of stolen credit cards.
So why are we doing all this? Well, first, because it's fun. When I'm done writing this little note, I'll head up to Boulder for this weekend's Boulder Creek Festival, where I will amuse myself by making fun of the gentle hippies and eat myself stupid on cotton candy, funnel cake and giant turkey legs -- all of which I will be doing on the clock. Nice work if you can get it, right?
Second, we're doing this because we want to remain the source for all worthwhile food and restaurant news in the city of Denver and are willing to work just ridiculously hard to do it. Our intern-turned-contributor Tyler? He hasn't slept in twelve straight days. We're keeping him up on a steady diet of Red Bull and methamphetamine suppositories, and leaving him chained to a desk in the basement so that he doesn't miss a single tip that comes in across the internets. And Lori Midson is actually twelve women, all named Lori, who do nothing all day and all night but cruise Federal Boulevard looking for tacos. Believe it or not, though, Nancy Levine is just one person and does all that drinking on the one liver that Jesus gave her. Amazing, I know.
Third, in this day and age when all the reports coming out of the newspaper industry are bad -- when papers are scaling down or just flat-out closing, sections are being shrunk and former Pulitzer Prize winners are sucking dick in the alleys behind shuttered newspaper offices for spare change -- we're adding features and refusing to let the Denver dining scene go uncovered just because some folks seem to think that, in the future, all news everywhere will either be reported by tiny news-gathering robots or by TMZ, Perez Hilton and Gawker.
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Denver's food and restaurant scene deserves better than that. It probably deserves better than us, too. But we're what you've got.