Introducing Connect Savannah’s newest food writer

Jesse Blanco of Eat It and Like It to contribute local food, restaurant reviews each week

Jess Blanco of Eat It prepares to dine and review his favorite local restaurants and bars.
Once upon a time over a decade ago, we decided to start a blog. It was a blog about food in and around Savannah. We thought Savannah had more good food than we were being given credit for, so my business partner Senea Crystal and I set out to do something about that. We chose to call it Eat It and Like It so that we wouldn’t be limited in our scope of what we talked about. Good food is good food. Even if the Savannah/Hilton Head Island region is clearly home.

All these years later, it’s pretty amazing how far our food scene has come. Some people may want it to be more than it is today, but those of us who remember what it was like around here 10-12 years ago are thrilled to have as many options as we do now. And it is only going to get better from here.

I was asked to write an introduction in this space this week to introduce myself to Connect Savannah’s readers. My name is Jesse Blanco. I’ve had a front row seat to Savannah’s evolving food culture for 10 years. Before that, I was a television news anchor for over two decades.

I will never stop being amused when someone assumes I was a chef turned writer. No chance. My background and my passion is storytelling and journalism. It’s why I was incredibly honored to have been asked by Connect to contribute a weekly column here beginning next week.

We are thrilled to have this opportunity because it’s another outlet to share stories about great people doing wonderful things with food. That list of people is literally endless and it is without question my favorite part of the gig. Oh yeah, and the grub is pretty damn good too. Well, most of the time. If you are familiar with our work over the years then you know we don’t do traditional reviews. There are too many opinions already on the internet. Y’all can make your choices on what you are going to do with your dining dollar.

My job is to point you in the right direction. While shining a light on what is great about food in Savannah. Because there is a lot of it. At the same time, if there is something you’d like to share…we are always listening. See you next week.

About The Author

Jesse Blanco

One of the most recognizable personalities in the Savannah/Hilton Head Island television market, Jesse Blanco is sometimes called "Savannah's Anthony Bourdain." His 'Eat It and Like It' show has become a major regional brand in the foodie world.
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