My wife and I sat next to Mr. and Mrs. Zagat at a table for 8 at Per Se in NYC. Very interesting and likable folks.
He theorized that the public school lunch programs a few decades ago was really the catalyst for puting Americans in the mindset to eat out, and that without it, dining out wouldn't be what it is today.
He also talked about how his mother froze EVERYTHING and that they'd sometime pull stuff out their freezer that was years old. As a matter of fact, he said that back "in the day" frozen food was considered much better than fresh (unfrozen) food.
When asked about recent trends, he said that Japanese restaurants have really boomed in just the past 5 years and that in each of his big city surveys, there is at least 1 Japanese restaurant rated in the top 5.
I asked him if he ever disagrees with his readers' results and he tapdanced around that question, understandably.
One odd moment was when he asked each person at the table to describe their feelings on the Iraq War. It sparked lively but civil discussion, which is one of the reasons why I liked them so much.