Blogger Jenée Libby moved to Charlottesville more than a year ago, hungry and looking for the best places to eat in C’ville. Launched as a hobby, Libby’s popular blog Edible C’ville has become a go-to site for residents and visitors looking for great food. Edible C’ville is both a restaurant critic blog and a great place to read the conversation surrounding a particular local restaurant as well as a nice guide to the best restaurants C’ville has to offer. The blog gets its legitimacy from the conversation generated by Libby’s posts of real experiences seen from a foodie’s point of view; readers are free to either agree or disagree with Edible C’ville and share their own experiences in the comments.
This is not only an important blog for diners and food enthusiasts, it is important to the local restaurant scene. As competitive as Charlottesville restaurants must be, it is critical for local restauranteurs to monitor what’s being said about them online. With word-of-mouth gone digital, a restaurant’s reputation can be made — or ruined online. Libby takes citizen journalism seriously; she does not accept free meals for reviews, nor will she accept a restaurant’s friend request on Facebook. Restaurants who understand that the majority of their public reads online content, searches for information about their offerings and, in the local market especially, can afford to be choosy about their food, are advised to engage with Edible C’ville and other local food bloggers via their blog content and on Twitter. Get to know people in our community who are passionate about their food, and tell your restaurant’s story; if the social media/foodie community becomes your restaurant’s fan, you will find a very loyal base of customers who will spread the word.
Jenée Libby gives us an exclusive here; a list of her favorite local food blogs:
Next time you’ve got a rumble in your tummy, check out Edible C’ville and other local food blogs before you choose your next meal.