Tom Sietsema

Food criticWashington, D.C.

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Plume offers the illusion of having dinner in a Michelin-anointed star across the pond.

  • Oct 22, 2014

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Oct 22, 2014

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Oct 22, 2014

First Bite: True Food Kitchen joins the Mosaic District roster in Fairfax.

  • Oct 20, 2014

Experiences at Buck’s, Eve and Vermilion show why they didn’t make Tom Sietsema’s annual fall collection.

  • Oct 15, 2014

Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema entertains your dining questions, rants and raves.

  • Oct 15, 2014

First Bite: The chef returns to fine dining with beautiful plates and irresistible polenta fries.

  • Oct 14, 2014

The Post food critic’s top dishes, drawn from 10 Washington restaurants.

  • Oct 10, 2014

This year, the entries include his
Top Ten List. No. 1 is Rasika.

  • Oct 9, 2014

A new menu format offers seven categories of enticements.

  • Oct 9, 2014
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About
Weaned on a beige buffet a la “Fargo” in Minnesota, Tom Sietsema is the food critic for The Washington Post. In thinner days, he was a critic for Microsoft Corp.’s sidewalk.com and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; and a food reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. This is his second tour of duty at the Post. Sietsema got his first taste in the ‘80s, when he was hired by his predecessor to answer phones, write some, and test the bulk of the Food section’s recipes. That’s how he learned to clean squid, bake colonial cakes and distinguish between nutmeg and mace.

Ask Tom

Every Wednesday beginning at 11 a.m., I take questions, comments, rants and raves from Washington Post readers for an hour. Think of the late-morning food chat as an amuse bouche before you head out for lunch

Got an etiquette dilemma? Want to know where to celebrate a raise, how to register a complaint in a restaurant or where to eat in San Francisco or Paris or even Washington? Bring ‘em on! If you can, send your questions ahead of the Ask Tom chat; questions sent in advance give me more time to research them if I must. Here’s the LINK.
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