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5280 Hires New Restaurant Critic

Critic to Use New Five-Star Restaurant Rating System for 5280 Magazine

(Denver, CO) June 26, 2013—5280 Publishing Inc. today announced it has hired Stacey Brugeman as 5280 magazine’s new restaurant critic. Brugeman’s first review will run in the July Top of the Town issue on newsstands this week. Brugeman will base her reviews on a new five-star rating system.

“Stacey is an excellent addition to our dining team,” says 5280 food editor, Amanda M. Faison. “I believe our readers will find her to be an informed, tough, and fair critic.”

Brugeman has been in the food business for more than a decade and was selected for her new role in part because of her understanding of the local dining scene and her keen grasp of national culinary trends. In addition, she holds a masters degree in food studies from New York University and an Intermediate Certificate in Wine from the International Wine Center. Before joining 5280, Brugeman held editorial positions at Saveur and Food & Wine in New York City. Brugeman’s work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Men’s Journal, Natural Health, and The Denver Post. She most recently worked as the senior food editor at Denver Magazine where she penned a column called “The Optimistic Omnivore.”

5280 has covered the Denver dining scene for 20 years. In two decades, the city’s restaurant culture has changed dramatically with local restaurants now making an important contribution to the national food scene. As a result of the elevated quality of dining, 5280 has changed from a four-star rating system to a five-star rating system that will allow Brugeman to provide more nuance in her ratings. This new system will take effect in the July Top of the Town issue. Even though many publications have done away with rating systems all together, 5280 is committed to this quick reference point to help readers make informed decisions.

Read a more in-depth discussion of the new ratings system in Brugeman’s 5280.com post later today, and check out 5280’s live chat with Brugeman and Faison on Monday, July 1 at 2 p.m. at 5280.com/5280eats.  

About 5280

Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado with a total paid circulation of more than 71,000. Since 2005, 5280 has been a finalist for six National Magazine Awards, and in 2012 was named one of the five best big-city magazines in America by the City and Regional Magazine Association.

Contact: Carrie Horn, marketing director, 5280, 607-279-5842, carrie@5280.com

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