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?
The 2020 James Beard Award Semifinalists – James Beard Foundation
On Wednesday, the James Beard Foundation released its restaurant and chef semifinalists, a precursor to the final list of nominees (to be announced March 25). The semifinalist selections show attention to geographic diversity, as Texas and California earn their own distinct categories – an attempt to give the rest of the “West” a fair shot, as Eater explains.
Apps Have Turned Restaurant Work into a Gig-Economy Hustle. Here’s How One Cook Chases a Paycheck. – The Washington Post
For three weeks reporter Richard Morgan followed Zia Sheikh, a New York restaurant worker, as he worked on-demand kitchen gigs found through an app. The resulting story exposes the long hours, stressful conditions, and low pay associated with gig work and begs more conversation around the long-term sustainability of industry labor.
Restaurants Are Finally Prioritizing Workers’ Mental Health – Eater
In an industry that’s historically glorified intense pressure and hustle, some owners and operators are serious about creating a safe, supportive space for their teams. From the substance abuse support organization Ben’s Friends to peer-to-peer counseling through I Got Your Back, get to know the folks transforming restaurant culture for the better.
How Restaurants Find the Sweet Spot Between Educating and Alienating Diners – Washington City Paper
Chefs and operators have to make decisions about the language on their menus. For example, will guests know “lumpia” or is it more helpful to list “Filipino spring rolls”? Here, restaurants weigh in on their approach to communicating potentially unfamiliar ingredients and dishes to diners.
Even with Few U.S. Cases, Coronavirus Fears Spark Restaurant Business Downturn – Restaurant Business Online
Only a handful of confirmed coronavirus cases have been caught in the U.S., but concern has sent stock prices diving at some of the biggest restaurant companies. Learn how travel fears are affecting business, and how restaurants are responding.