This week the guys pay tribute to local Tacoma writer Sue Kidd that recently passed away. Sue was a career food journalist and former editor for The News Tribune. She was known in the South Sound as a fearless advocate for readers as well as for her dogged pursuit of all things related to food. She managed the Dine Pierce County website and the Dine Pierce County Facebook group. She was also an alumnus member of the Association of Food Journalists and adhered to the AFJ’s ethical standards for food and restaurant writers. She made a significant impact on the community and will be greatly missed.
00:51 – Justin kicks off the show talking about their last sad cast when a friend of the podcast Andrew with Tacoma Ghost Tours, passed, the impact Sue had on the community, and her managing if the site Dining Pierce County. They talk about what she’s done for the area, how ethical she was in her writing, and Justin talks about learning about her when he first moved to Tacoma.
6:05 – Justin talks about finding great places to eat using Dine Pierce County, her writing style, and how she would visit a restaurant three times before reviewing it. He shares why it was important to her to visit three times, and they talk about why she left The News Tribune. Justin talks about her passing and the tribute to her on the Dine Pierce County Facebook Group.
11:41 – Justin talks about the restaurants in the area that gave tribute to her by reserving tables and how that reflected how much of an impact she had on the area. They talk about how short life is, Justin shares that the Tacoma city mayor and the council are dedicating a moment of silence to her life at the Tuesday, March 8th meeting and the other ways the community is honoring the fantastic work she did. Justin closes out reflecting on other examples that showed how much of a champion she was for small businesses.Support The Grit City Podcast
- Dine Pierce County — Dine Pierce County is managed by Sue Kidd, a career food journalist. This site is funded by volunteer subscriber contributions only and no payments ever are accepted in exchange for articles, in keeping with best practices for ethical journalism.
- Dine Pierce County with Sue Kidd is creating a tour of the dining community in Tacoma and Pierce County | Patreon
- Pierce County food critic Sue Kidd dead at 52 from cancer | Tacoma News Tribune — Sue Kidd, a long-time food critic and editor for The News Tribune, died Tuesday. She was 52.
- Dine Pierce County Facebook Group — It is with a heavy heart that I share this news: Our lovely and talented Sue Kidd has died. Taken too early by an aggressive form of cancer, Sue thought she would be able to extend her days and keep the light on here.