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Connections: High-End Dining and the Takedown of Per Se

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 explore what Rochester can do to raise its reputation as a high-end dining town. And we 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
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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.

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