Tastingmenu.com started out as a hobby for me
and a bunch of friends. It's become a regularly visited website with
tens of thousands of hits a month. People from all over the world visit,
hopefully find useful information, and sometimes live vicariously
through the eating experiences we document here. We don't do this to
make money. But it costs money to do this nonetheless.
We pay for hardware, software, internet
connectivity, photography equipment, phone calls, travel, and of
course... food. We don't go out to dinner and beg for comps in exchange
for a good write-up. We pay for dinner like everyone else. And given
that some (but luckily not all) of the places we eat are rather pricey
this can be an expensive proposition.
It's been suggested that we charge for access
to the website. I don't have any ideological problem charging for the
website, some adherence to a moral code that requires any digital
creation to somehow be in the public domain and free for everyone. That
said, I also know that 1) if we charged, we wouldn't make very much
money as charging for content on the internet is a difficult proposition
at best, and 2) if we were to charge, then fewer people could enjoy the
If we were to collect money in some way you
might imagine we would spend it on the technology and food listed above.
But the truth is that we'd likely spend almost as much money on
technology, travel, and food with or without the website. But there are
things we'd like to do that go beyond our current eating out budget.
There are long term projects, events, content, and write-ups that
frankly we need a capital investment to deliver. We'd spend the money
either on the costs of putting on an event, or on hiring staff to start
working on some of these projects on a more full-time basis.
So, if you enjoy the site, and would like to
see more of it, as well as some of the special content and events we'd
like to start delivering, please give what you can. Thanks to amazon.com
Honor System for providing this service. If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to let us know at