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?
Blue Eggs and Salt? Restaurant Freebies Get Fancy – The Wall Street Journal
Fine-dining restaurants are embracing the free sample, and taking the opportunity to be creative with guest for parting gifts. From blue eggs and mini ice cream cones to caramel popcorn for the road, learn how complimentary gifts elevate hospitality and impact the bottom line.
Who’s Watching the Kids? – Eater
Childcare has long posed a challenge in the restaurant industry, and new organizations are looking for solutions. Learn how West-bourne, a New York City restaurant, and the Bay Area nonprofit Tipping Point, connect parents and providers in both the formal and informal economies.
The Midlife Crisis of the American Restaurant Review – Los Angeles Review of Books
A new wave of food criticism is transforming the field with fresh perspectives on who and what deserves coverage. As writers today are increasingly using their platform to advance political positions and causes (think #MeToo and cancel culture), Theodore Gioia questions the role of the review format and what it might offer in the future – read his thought-provoking take to see if you agree.
American Restaurants Brace for Potentially Devastating Wine Tariffs – Wine Spectator
A proposed increase in tariffs on European wines has the restaurant industry on edge, as importers warn of rising prices this month. Here’s how beverage directors across the country are reacting, and how they’re taking action – from adjusting prices and frontloading bottles to writing representatives in Congress.