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February 19, 2010

A fond farewell for Elizabeth Large


It is one of the great mysteries of journalism that someone could write about anything -- especially food -- for so long with such insight. There are, after all, only so many ways to describe a crabcake.

Somehow, Elizabeth Large has written about food for the Baltimore Sun for nearly 40 years. Unfortunately for us, today is her last day.

I've been lucky enough to work with Elizabeth Large for the last five years. During that time, I've come to know and admire her conversational but authoritative tone and her wry sense of humor ...

Elizabeth turned Dining@Large into one of The Sun's most successful blogs, proving that despite all the doomsday talk about newspapers, there is hope for journalists in the age of the Internet. Elizabeth has said Dining@Large revitalized her writing, but after years of obsessing over the blog, she was ready to ask for the check (grant me at least one terribly cheesy dining metaphor here).

I can't tell you how much I'll miss reading Elizabeth's reviews, or talking to her about writing, blogging and eating. Thanks for everything, Elizabeth.

After all that mushy stuff, I feel like I need to do something manly, like drink a scotch, eat a steak and smoke a cigar ... all at once.

Bye, Elizabeth!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:32 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Random stuff


I'm sitting at my desk getting all weepy.

Well said Sam. I stumbled upon EL's blog a few years ago, and your blog shortly after that.
I've really enjoyed both blogs.
So long EL you will be missed.

We really enjoyed your blog Elizabeth. Thank you for the hard work you put into it.

You'll be missed!

Best of luck going forward.

When Sam's next review is just the phrase "Screw Flanders" over and over again, we'll know exactly why he will miss EL so much.

Sam's next review will also keep using words like "Pasghetti" and "Momatoes" and make numerous threatening references to the UN.

You did a wonderful job Elizabeth I can't believe its 37 years! You will be missed and remembered. Hope you still play tennis!

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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