Self-proclaimed “dish queen” Jeff Weinstein has been collecting since the 1970s when, as a graduate student, he used to go to junk stores to shop for vintage dishes. Today, he has a house and two apartments to accommodate his ever-increasing collection. This unbridled passion for plates led him to a 17-year stint as a restaurant critic for the Village Voice, during which time he ate out five nights a week and made every attempt not to turn the plates over for inspection. After writing on food and the visual arts for the New Yorker, Los Angeles, the Advocate, and Art Forum, Weinstein became the fine-arts editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he still works today.