Sad news today in the print media world: Glossy food title Food Arts has ceased publication. Rumors began swirling late yesterday that the magazine was shutting down, and today the publisher, M. Shanken Communications, Inc., confirmed the news on Facebook: "It is with great sadness that, after 25 years, we announce the closing of Food Arts magazine. We have loved working with everyone in the food industry—our writers, photographers, chefs, restaurateurs, hoteliers, and everyone else we've raised a glass with along the way. Thank you for all of your loyalty and support throughout the years. We wish you all the very best. Keep the kitchen fires burning!"
The trade magazine served the fine-dining restaurant community across the country with glossy photo spreads and in-depth recipe tutorials. It was founded by Michael and Ariane Batterberry in 1986, and was acquired by M. Shanken Communications, Inc. in 1989. Eater received separate confirmation of the news via a forwarded email from a former staffer who thanked her contributors and wrote, "Thank you so much for the many years of terrific work. I know this will be hard for all of you as well, since you have been part of the Food Arts Family as well."