WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"No surprise—we always ended the trip by rating the meal!" adds Dan. "With the Phantom Gourmet, we are really doing the same thing. We are taste testing restaurants where regular people go." This was a novel idea in 1993. The Internet and the Food Network were just starting out. Magazines and newspapers usually covered high-end restaurants. Rating regular restau- rants and finding local haunts was a new concept. Dan was the company's first full-time employee, working out of his brother Dave's one bedroom condo in Brookline Village. Dave was getting a law and business degree at Northeastern, and Dan had taken on a part- time job in TV production. Ten years later in 2003, they made it big, having been recruited to CBS Boston—and that is where they have stayed for the last 12 years. Phantom Gourmet mostly covers the New England area. They have done some travel shows, going to places like New Orleans or California's Napa Valley. During each show they try to cover up to 25 different restaurants. "We try to have places from all areas— North Shore, South Shore, Boston… And we 138 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 business "drive out and watch a movie"

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