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Coming Up on Connections: Thursday, January 14th

Photo Credit: WNYC
Photo Credit: WNYC

First hour: High-end dining and the takedown of Per Se

Second hour: Dialogue on Disability - Lifetimes of Care

The New York Times published a devastating takedown of one of the country's most heralded (and most expensive) restaurants. If a restaurant like Per Se can be hammered for serving dishes that evoke "bong water," what message does that send to the high-end dining industry at large?

We'll explore what Rochester can do to raise its reputation as a high-end dining town. And we'll ask our guests what they think it was like to work at Per Se this week, when that ghastly review came out. Our guests:

  • Mark Cupolo, Rocco
  • Chris Grocki, general manager and sommelier at Char
  • Mark Potter, longtime server in fine dining establishments
  • Vince Press, local food writer
  • Eric Houppert, local farmer and food writer

In our second hour, our Dialogue on Disability looks at lifetimes of care. What happens when a parent passes away, leaving questions about who will care for an adult with a disability? This question is at the heart of the documentary Mimi and Dona, which airs this coming Sunday on WXXI-TV. Our guests will discuss this and related questions. In studio:

  • Edwin Rivera, a family caregiver taking part in programs offered by FutureCare Planning
  • Paul Akers, vice president for community services at Epilepsy-Pralid, which offers both day habilitation and home-care services
  • Michael Cocquyt, supervisor for SportsNet, an adaptive sports and recreation program offered by CP Rochester, Rochester Rehabilitation, and Al Sigl Community
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.