Needed: Wichita restaurant reviewers

Almost a year and a half ago, we assembled our inaugural Wichita Eagle Dining Panel.

We selected 12 local foodies whose knowledge about the Wichita restaurant scene was above average and asked them to begin visiting and rating older restaurants.

Since May of 2012, the panel has reviewed dozens and dozens of restaurants, and in the process has turned me on to places I didn’t know were so good – Paleteria La Reyna, Pho Chopstix and Little Saigon among them.

Now, it’s time to re-stock the panel. We’re keeping some of our most dedicated reviewers, including Philip and Stephanie Warren, Ching Brubaker and Brandi Koskie. But we’re also looking to add new ones.

If you’re interested in applying for a spot, please write a short review of any local restaurant and e-mail it to me by Friday, Nov. 1.

Give me a sense of what the restaurant was like, discuss dishes you liked and didn’t like, and include a description of the ambience and service.

Need an example to follow? Read some of my reviews in the “recent reviews” section of this blog, or check out some samples from other dining panelists by clicking on the names above.

Please note that if you have immediate family members who own local restaurants, we won’t be able to add you. The job is unpaid, but we do give our panelists $25 a review in the form of a gift card to reimburse them for the price of the meals. You can write as frequently as you’d like, but we do ask panelists to try to contribute a review every couple of months.

We’ll choose our panelists and try to get the new group up and going by early November.

Questions? Either e-mail me or call me at 316-268-6327.