The Family Meal – Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Hello Tuesday,

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Let’s get to it…

No pressure, Mr. Bezos – It’s just that “you have the unprecedented opportunity to change our food system overnight” according to Alice Waters, who posted a short, open letter to the Amazon chief on Twitter, exhorting him to, just, you know, fix everything now that his company includes Whole Foods.

The Critics – Get ready, Bay Area, Eater has just hired its first SF based critic, and the NYT has the details: Rachel Levin “is a freelance writer who has covered that city extensively and has also reported on food and restaurants for publications such as The New Yorker, Sunset and The New York Times… In an email, Amanda Kludt, Eater’s editor in chief, said that since Ms. Levin will be the only Eater reviewer in San Francisco, she is likely to concentrate on midrange and affordable restaurants. She will be ‘hitting the very high and very low end only occasionally.’”

Not sure what the plan is with anonymity, because this is her with a full profile on OZY, a site she used to edit for. Also, Google image has a decent cache of similar pics for your critic board.

For a taste of her style, here’s her first review just out today. One star for Adriano Paganini’s A Mano: “Emotionally… A Mano feels kind of cold. And, unfortunately, so did my pasta. Not cold cold, in which case I would’ve just sent it back. More lukewarm, with pockets of varying temperatures, like a lake in summer.”

Good luck out there!

Galatoire’s 2.0? – Owners “John Georges and Todd Trosclair said Friday that they had purchased the building at 211 Royal St., a block from Galatoire’s…[and] also closed on the building at 747 St. Charles Ave., in the Warehouse District, that is home to Swiss Confectionery, a family-run bakery.” Georges was quoted in the Advocate (a paper he owns) as saying, “The Quarter probably needs a good, high-end seafood restaurant, but that’s just what I’m hearing.” Nudge nudge.

Food Hall fever, NYC – Via Eater NY: “Italian restaurant Cipriani… has signed onto a new Upper West Side food hall, a 28,000-square-foot space… with restaurants and fast-casual spots at Two Waterline Square, a condo development of luxury buildings at 30 Riverside Boulevard from 59th to West 61st Streets.”

A good get – Also in Eater NY: “Michelin-starred chef of Sushi Azabu, Tasuku Murakami has been hired by Major Food Group to helm the kitchen at the Brasserie on the lower level of the former Four Seasons space… a Japanese restaurant on track to open in October, to be called The Lobster Club.”

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fwd to the office buildings near you? – London’s Evening Standard reports, “The vast new City headquarters of financial media giant Bloomberg will be a ‘no-cafeteria zone’ in a radical move to encourage its thousands of workers to leave the building at lunchtime… Michael Bloomberg said he wanted to avoid the ‘Google syndrome’ seen in some tech firm offices where the free meals and facilities are so luxurious that employees become addicted to their work life… the communal ‘pantry’ area on the sixth floor of the £1 billion building will supply coffee and snacks such as porridge pots but not lunch ‘because I want people to get out and enjoy the local economy.’”

For Pastry – The Great British Baking Show is back on the (American) air for Season 7, and if you’re the kind of person who loves it, you may also be the kind of person who wants to read a 2,150-word recap of the season premier. If you’ve never seen the show, the recap is actually a pretty good intro too: “The most considerable charm offense is from co-presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, the uncontested masters of improbable pastry-based sexual innuendo.” Enjoy.

The Suits – In Houston, “The father of former Bernadine’s chef Graham Laborde is suing embattled restaurateurs Chris Cusack and Joey Treadway, claiming the duo’s company owes at least $191,000 of a $200,000 investment. Cusack and Treadway had already sought bankruptcy protection for three restaurants — Bernadine’s, Hunky Dory, and Down House.Details in the Houston Press.

And last but not exactly least – I’m sure the Internet will dig up some dirt on this guy, but for now there’s a beer called “F**K YOU, I’M MILLWALL” in tribute to the man who shouted his allegiance to his local soccer team as he fought the London Bridge attackers a few weeks ago. The short article about the journey from battle cry to keg begins: “I’d had four or five pints – nothing major.” Highly recommend the read.

That’s it for today! Short and sweet, but bound to be more on Friday for next Family Meal. See you then.

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