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As frequent visitors may have surmised, there’s been light posting in this space lately: Last week was the great Chris Shott‘s final one as your Young & Hungry blogger.

Fear not! The dry spell will come to an end soon: As of May 21, Bisnow‘s Jessica Sidman will take over. Here’s the internal City Paper email that we sent out today about the hiring.


I hired a new food editor this week. Jessica Sidman, who currently writes the stellar dining newsletter for Bisnow, is going to start here on May 21. She’ll write the weekly print food column and quarterback the Young & Hungry blog.

I’m really excited about the things Jessica brings to City Paper. She’s an immensely well-connected reporter who’s been a scoop machine for Bisnow. She demonstrated her chops as an elegant, thoughtful writer in prior intern stints at Washingtonian, the Dallas Morning News, and USA Today. She’s also a deeply entrepreneurial journalist: Recognizing that food is a big piece of the culture and the economy of a city, she conceptualized and launched Bisnow’s dining newsletter—which today has thousands of subscribers. At Washingtonian, she shot video in addition to writing about food, a skill she’ll bring to bear here as well. And she started her own blog about ice cream, The Frozen Fix.

I’m reliably informed that Jessica is one of those reporters who seems to be everywhere. She’ll need to be! She’s sliding into a desk whose previous occupants have won James Beard awards, and onto a beat that’s already full of smart, creative journalists working for a bunch of local outlets. When we interviewed her, I was particularly impressed with her not being hung up in the old-school, Voice of God restaurant reviewer model of food writing, instead producing journalism for a world where outlets compete to break news, make provocative arguments, and deliver conceptual scoops to a readership that’s more engaged with food than ever. Here’s hoping she can help turn Y&H into the Loose Lips of culinary D.C.

Jessica starts in a few weeks but will be around here next week to talk plans and say hi. Please be nice—and urge her not to judge us based on the quality of our Wednesday-night, closing-time snacks offering.