New York City is being plagued by a shocking crime that is being committed at ever-shifting secret locations, its perpetrators involved in a shadowy underground operation accessible only through a sinister online network. I am referring to illegal dinner parties.
Now the Washington Post just published a feature about meal-sharing sites that made them sound like great ideas, a way for tourists to hang out with locals and for amateur foodies to ply their craft. True, people who do this aren’t licensed and inspected as a restaurant is, but they are small, informal operations. What is funny about the story after the jump and especially the video at the link (I couldn’t embed it, but you’ve got to see it) is the tone of the journalists, who go “undercover” to expose this heinous crime. They write and speak with an indignation that is unintentionally hilarious, especially at the revelations that these operations are “unregulated!” You can hear the exclamation mark. And the biggest outrage is that some of these perpetrators (who aren’t even real chefs!) are trying “to turn a profit”! [Read more…]