Tom Sietsema

Food criticWashington, D.C.

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

  • May 6, 2015

Our food critic ties on an apron to learn Dorothy Sietsema’s “hot dish,” World's Fair Cake and more.

  • May 5, 2015

FIRST BITE | To create his menu, chef Vikram Sunderam thought about weekend eating habits back home.

  • May 2, 2015

2.5 stars | The menu at Mark Furstenberg’s Van Ness bakery extends well beyond crusty bread.

  • Apr 29, 2015

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

  • Apr 29, 2015

FIRST BITE | H Street’s new retail, coffee and restaurant spot was worth the long wait.

  • Apr 28, 2015

Tuesday night will feature an East-meets-West menu prepared with the help of Masaharu Morimoto of “Iron Chef” fame.

  • Apr 27, 2015

3 stars | The ex-Palena chef and pastry chef breathe new life into the Georgetown hotel’s dining room.

  • Apr 22, 2015

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

  • Apr 22, 2015

FIRST BITE | New Capitol Hill restaurant could use some more originality — and better cooking.

  • Apr 18, 2015
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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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