Every week we’re rounding up some of our favorite articles with trends and tidbits from the world of restaurants. Tell us: what made your reading list this week?
Announcing the 2020 America’s Classics Winners – James Beard Foundation
Ahead of the big show this spring, the James Beard Foundation announced six recipients of their America’s Classics Awards. The restaurants honored include a chicken-dinner behemoth and an ice cream shop, and span from Seattle to Little Rock. Read their stories here.
‘Rage Baking’ Authors Under Fire For Not Crediting African American Baker Behind a Similar Project – The Washington Post
A new cookbook titled Rage Baking sparked debate after an African American artist named Tangerine Jones accused the authors of co-opting the “ragebaking” idea, which first appeared on her website. Here, Tim Carman contextualizes the controversy in the long history of women of color being denied credit for their work.
Heavily Hyped Restaurants Are Closing at an Alarming Rate – Grub Street
Even big names, fancy pedigrees, and successful track records couldn’t save some recent New York restaurants from closing in their first couple of years of operation. What does that say about the value of hype in translating to real, sustainable business?
Does Dry January Dry Up Bar Sales? – Eater
More people are starting the year off alcohol-free, meaning slower sales and fewer tips for servers and bartenders. Find out the real effects of Dry January on a bottom line, and how bars can get creative with thoughtful mocktails.
The secret to San Francisco chefs’ success? Small restaurant groups – San Francisco Chronicle
Small organizations allow independent restaurants to borrow structure and stability from the corporate world without sacrificing the mom-and-pop atmospheres they love. Read on to learn why that’s more important now than ever before.