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The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Hello Tuesday, Let’s get to it… The sad news - Per his own paper: “Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city’s vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died. He was 57. Gold died of pancreatic cancer at St. Vincent Medical … Continue reading The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Hello Tuesday, And a quick shout out to everyone reading Family Meal down in New Orleans! Big day for Tales of the Cocktail, as the TOTC Foundation allocates its first $250k worth of grants this afternoon at the Hotel Monteleone. Let’s get to it… Bauer bounces – On Friday, after 32 years at the paper, critic Michael Bauerannounced his last … Continue reading The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Hello Tuesday, Coming to you live(ish) today from the RISE Conference in Hong Kong, where I’ve been talking to foodtech companies about innovation in Asia. Spoiler for restaurants: Startups here would like a cut of your orders from consumers, and a cut of your orders to suppliers. They promise these cuts are reasonable, and correspond to value … Continue reading The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Hello Tuesday, And Happy (almost) Fourth! 1776 feels like forever ago. Let’s get to it… What staff is reading – In SF, the Chronicle’s Jonathan Kauffman has a “months-long investigation” into labor violations at Mission burrito institution La Taqueria, which tells the story of four women who won close to $500k in damages and penalties for wage theft, and … Continue reading The Family Meal – Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

The Family Meal – Friday, June 29th, 2018

Hello Friday, Let’s get right to it… Michelin Season – The first ever guide to Guangzhou, China is out, and… maybe the tourism board can get their money back? No restaurants earned two or three stars, and only eight earned the highest rating of one star: Bingsheng Mansion; Bingsheng Private Kitchen; Jade River; Jiang by Chef Fei; Lai Heen; Lei Garden (Yuexiu); Wisca (Haizhu); … Continue reading The Family Meal – Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Family Meal – Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hello Tuesday, By now you’ve seen the news that on Friday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was politely asked to leave a small restaurant in Virginia, and politely left. A predictably small, civil online debate over whether the restaurateur acted in the right morally, legally, and/or strategically has followed, but in lieu of adding my personal editorializing, I’ll trust you … Continue reading The Family Meal – Tuesday, June 26, 2018