We’re Grant and Marie. Welcome to our food blog, where we write about restaurants, cooking, and travel. We’re based in Chattanooga as of the summer of 2016, though this blog had a pretty strong Georgia focus for the previous six years.
Before the move, Grant, who writes the majority of this blog, lived in Georgia all his life – twelve years in Athens and the rest in the suburbs north of Atlanta – and Marie has called many more places home: Minnesota, Kentucky, Vermont, St. Maartens, Canada, and Saint Simons Island, among others. We met in Athens in 1995, and finally started dating in 2006. Regular fellow diners include my teenage daughter and our preschool-aged son, who had his first drop of Brunswick stew in May of ’11. There’s also a large recurring cast of friends and family and other bloggers in cities all around the southeast, and we’d love to meet new friends in cities where we don’t know anybody yet.
We love traveling and finding new places to eat, and enjoy talking with the owners of small, out-of-the-way restaurants when time affords it. We dumped national chains from our diet around the time we got married, except for Del Taco. I love Del Taco. Don’t you judge me. In case you missed the title of this blog, I was totally thrilled with and inspired by Calvin Trillin’s writing when I discovered the author in early 2010, and started the blog within a few weeks. I’m trying not to rip him off too much. If you love food, then you need to read Trillin.
Despite most of the general chapter headings being based around a restaurant each post, this really is not a restaurant review blog, it’s the story of our very happy life, and, hopefully, how good eating will intersect with a good worldview. To this end, “restaurant reviews” in this blog will frequently be interrupted by discussions about anything else that inspires us, along with stories about what else we might be doing on a road trip, such as visiting bookstores, parks, old bridges, or children’s museums. We do not allow negativity in the comments; polite disagreements are welcome, even about politics, but the only person allowed to be a jerk in these pages is the author.
We love getting recommendations for places to try, and challenges from pitmasters that the place we have not visited is better than any we’ve tried. If you would like to drop us a line, for comment, recommendation, or invitation, then please e-mail us at email@example.com . We look forward to hearing from you! You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter. We will try to be entertaining.
A note to all readers: We pay for the overwhelming majority of our meals and are perfectly happy to do so. Under no circumstances do we ever contact a restaurant in advance of a visit. When we do speak with a business owner or manager, it is either at their invitation, or after a meal we have purchased in order to learn more about their story or their techniques. On any occasion that we have accepted an invitation to a restaurant and a complimentary meal, that will be disclosed within the text of the story as well as in a disclaimer on that same page.
A note on copyright: Please note that all photos, text and other materials used on Marie, Let’s Eat! are the copyright of Grant Goggans, unless otherwise indicated. If you would like to use any photos or content from marieletseat.com on your website, blog or other medium, please just contact me for permission. I’m usually pretty cool with granting that. Just ask! I don’t bite!
Friendly advice: Please do not make the mistake of thinking that my decision to allow free publication via WordPress entitles you to use content without my approval. This will prove to be an expensive error. I have been writing professionally for more than twenty years, and my attorney knows these rules better than yours does.
A note to media outlets and public relations: Ours is not a news blog, but an experiences blog. We are happy to receive updates and press releases about businesses that we have previously featured at firstname.lastname@example.org, and will gladly consider sharing only those with our Facebook readers. If we haven’t visited the business, we’re not going to share news about its drink specials.
Our very busy schedules mean that we are rarely able to attend media events, and are much more interested in spotlighting a restaurant that is sixty years old than one that is sixty days old anyway. It is extraordinarily unlikely that we would be able to attend events outside of the Nashville-Chattanooga-Knoxville corridor.
If you are curious about the reach of our stories, prior to its dissolution at the hands of the accursed Zomato, the wonderful Urbanspoon ranked us the # 1 restaurant-oriented blog in Atlanta and five other markets, top five in twenty others, and # 6 worldwide among almost 10,000 tracked blogs. Those were the days. We post an average of four times a week, every week, for more than six years, and have more than 1400 chapters spotlighting more than 1530 restaurants.