Shillcutt, who had started using her married name Ermis, disappeared abruptly from Houstonia where she was executive editor as I recall, having risen from a starting position as chief blogger for their Gastronaut blog when she came over from the Press. I've never seen any explanation of what happened but she tweeted or somehow communicated in a few days that she had taken a new post in an obscure department at Rice University. Haven't heard or seen anything since.
The chief reviewer that I believe she was responsible for bringing in, Alice Levitt, whom I really was getting to like, disappeared at the same time. Levitt showed real promise for filling the shoes of good old Robb Walsh, not afraid to go off the beaten track and report on places that didn't have PR firms constantly filling the inboxes of foodie media staffers with hype. Walsh wasn't perfect but he was good at doing that and she was too.
Levitt has reappeared, very infrequently, on Gastronaut, thankfully still up to poking around in the unknown, unheralded corners of the scene here. There was apparently a major overhaul of Houstonia and it took months for them to name a new dining editor. The coverage seems perhaps a little more oriented toward families????, not so heavily slanted at foodies????
The shakeup there and at the Press happened in the same week, as I recall.
post edited by BayouCityNosh - 2018/10/15 21:28:08