The biggest kerfuffle this week came about when Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri published a screed on Huffington Post claiming that almost all food writing sucks, there are no real critics any more, and it's not fair that more casual spots get high star ratings in many papers. The timing of the piece seemed odd to many of us immersed in the food world, especially because the past year has been a boon for thoughtful, longform food journalism and quality criticism. As just one example, Eater, which used to be the poster child for the type of gossipy click-bait journalism Vetri condemns, has hired three respected critics and launched an excellent longform features section. Of course, Eater's Helen Rosner was quick to point all this out, after which the mud-slinging continued on social media. Fun times!
After announcing a few weeks back that he would take over the Rivera space with a restaurant called Broken Spanish, chef Ray Garcia reveals today that he will also take over the former Mo-Chica location. He's planning a taqueria in the space — the L.A. Times has the scoop.
Chipotle has announced another round of tiny stories to be printed on its cups and bags, written by famous authors. Included in the slate of authors contributing are Augusten Burroughs, Barbara Kingsolver and Aziz Ansari.
Stuff is happening at McDonalds. Business stuff. CEO stuff. All in the desperate hope that the chain will slow its slide into obsolete purveyor of nast.
Team USA did us proud this week at Bocuse d’Or, the culinary equivalent of the Olympics, taking second place. It was the first time ever USA placed in the top three — they have never before come in higher than sixth place.