I was very sorry to learn this afternoon that an original member of the Wichita Eagle Dining Panel had passed away.
Glaine Russell, who became a foodie pen pal of mine shortly after I started the restaurant beat, died on Wednesday at age 67. He had written me earlier this year to tell me he’d been diagnosed with cancer and to chit chat about chefs in town.
Glaine’s job kept him traveling internationally, and he would frequently send me photos of exotic food he was trying in China, Portugal and more. He charmed the group with stories of his past in the restaurant business when we had our first offiical Dining Panel meeting in 2012.