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#1 pizza man

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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:57 AM

http://www.forbes.co...umped-facebook/

 

"Less is more. I’m on a mission to simplify life, to slow it down to a pace at which it can actually be consumed, not just tasted. I don’t want to hide behind the ubiquitous, “I’m really busy” as a badge of honor. I want a lower cost of living (not just financially) and a higher quality of life. I want to limit the number of [things] that compete for my attention so that I can apply more attention to those [things] I care the most about. Less is the new more." -Tim Maurer
 

^This speaks to me^

 

Tomorrow will be my last day at Range, and Saturday my last day in DC.  It's been real and it's been fun, but.. you know the rest..

 

Moving on to a Lower cost of living, but I'll be back here from time to time. 

 

Thanks.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 10:29 AM

You're too good for this city, Edan. I can honestly say, after following your career for several years, that we don't deserve you, and I mean that as the highest possible compliment. I'm very sad, but I couldn't be happier for you, Thea, and your children.

 

Everyone said you were *the* superstar; nobody stepped up. I believe in you.


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:32 AM

Quality of life is why most of us hang out here in the first place.  Edan, it's safe to say that nobody in the past half-century has had a greater impact on how DC thinks of pizza, not since Tommy Marcos opened the original Ledo.  Like so many cities, we might have been relegated to mediocre Neapolitan pizza the way we were to mediocre Chicago pizza if not for the high bar that you first set with Peter Pastan at 2Amys, and then continued to raise afterwards well above what is acceptable to VPN.  I don't think there's a serious new pizzaiolo in town who hasn't worked extra hard on their 'A' game, knowing what you were already doing, whether you had a hand in setting up their operations or not.

 

Thank you.  As an eater of pizza, thank you.  Best wishes, and I hope your next adventure is a happy one.

 

(Moving to Mount Desert Island?  You lucky dog...I was just trying to convince the missus that we were overdue for a trip to Acadia NP)


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:52 AM

You make some good pies. It's truly our loss. 

 

Good luck in your journey and new place. 


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:49 AM

Thanks fer the really kind words. 

 

I'm gonna be up in Maine for sure.  I've got a chef gig lined up at a tiny little restaurant in a tiny little fishing village, on the water.  The biggest challenges will probably be finding the right vendors to deliver quality product so far downeast..  I'll post more details as they become clear to me.. 

 

Oh yeah, no pizza.  (maybe some grilled flatbreads, maybe some Sicilian..really it's my decision to make)

 

excited to start a new chapter, the story was getting old.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:56 AM

Quality of life is why most of us hang out here in the first place.  Edan, it's safe to say that nobody in the past half-century has had a greater impact on how DC thinks of pizza, not since Tommy Marcos opened the original Ledo.  Like so many cities, we might have been relegated to mediocre Neapolitan pizza the way we were to mediocre Chicago pizza if not for the high bar that you first set with Peter Pastan at 2Amys, and then continued to raise afterwards well above what is acceptable to VPN.  I don't think there's a serious new pizzaiolo in town who hasn't worked extra hard on their 'A' game, knowing what you were already doing, whether you had a hand in setting up their operations or not.

 

Thank you.  As an eater of pizza, thank you.  Best wishes, and I hope your next adventure is a happy one.

 

(Moving to Mount Desert Island?  You lucky dog...I was just trying to convince the missus that we were overdue for a trip to Acadia NP)

 

This is one of the best posts I've read here in awhile - it really does place Edan in proper historical perspective. There has never been a less-appreciated culinary artisan in this town, relative to his talent and influence, than Edan Macquaid (although Julien Shapiro isn't far behind).

 

Read up on Cézanne sometime, Edan, and what the "powers" of the day thought about him. Then read the opinions written by his peers - both his contemporaries (Pissarro, Manet, Gauguin, Renoir, Monet, Cassatt), and from the next generation of artists (Picasso, Gris, Braque, Bonnard, Matisse). It'll do you some good. And if you don't want to bother, I'll sum it up for you: 

 

"He was like the father of us all." - Picasso

"Cézanne, you see, is sort of a God of painting." - Matisse

"Cézanne was revered as the father and liberator, the Bach of art, to be emulated and worshipped." - Weber

"... a group of young people to which I belong and who can rightly call themselves your pupils, as they owe to you everything which they know about painting." - Denis

"I see that the Cézannes have had a great success at the Salon d'Automne - it was about time!" - Cassatt

"[On Cézanne's "Still Life with Compotier," which he owned] It is the apple of my eye, and, unless absolutely down to my last shirt, I will hang on to it for dear life." - Gauguin

"What a shame this man has not had more support in his life!" - Monet

"You have no idea how hard it is to make some patrons and friends of the Impressionists understand how many great and rare qualities there are in Cézanne. I believe centuries will pass before they realize it. Degas and Renoir are in raptures about Cézanne's works." - Pissarro

"The discovery of his work overturned everything." - Braque

"Here is, for me, the master par excellence, the very person to instruct me, much more so than Van Gogh." - Klee

"Cézannism is one of the greatest achievements in the history of painting." - Malevich

"He was the most powerfully armed painter facing nature, the strongest and the most sincere." - Bonnard

 

Even now, people don't realize he was the single most influential painter of the 19th century. *All* modern art has its origins in this unheralded, tormented, hard-working genius - openly mocked by the critics of his time, even more so than the Impressionists.

 

Edan, you have my open-ended permission to refer to this in the future as a reference. Keep doing what you're doing, and don't ever let anyone change you. This world is immeasurably better because of artists, craftsmen, and artisans with principle - like you - who refuse to be compromised by the seduction of money. 

 

Feel free to share with us how much money you've been being paid - people need to hear it.

 

And if there are any investors out there? Wake. The Fuck. Up. This man is not asking for the moon; he's asking for a respectable wage to help support his family, and the freedom to use his expertise as it deserves to be used. He is *not* looking to run up a 40% food cost, for God's sake. Get him a small space, a good pizza oven, a fair compensation package; then get out of his way, and you'll become a smaller version of Jack Kent Cooke.


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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:37 PM

Thanks for ushering in the era of good pizzas.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:39 AM

Its Saturday, so I guess you are on your way.   You received tremendous reviews here in a variety of threads.   Best of luck.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:50 PM

Looks like I'm going for Eater DC's longest comment thread ever..  Feel free to join in the fun!!

 

http://dc.eater.com/...reader_comments


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Posted 11 July 2013 - 12:57 PM

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:14 PM

That thread is a good example of why this site is a good place and eater/wapo/etc comments are asinine.



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 04:56 PM

That thread is a good example of why this site is a good place and eater/wapo/etc comments are asinine.

 

[Just to remind everyone that wasn't around when this community was founded, we decided to use "member names" as a defense, so people with privacy concerns can protect themselves; not as an offense, so cowards can attack others.]


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