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Your Next Culinary Destination Should be Bogotá

From the Editor: A new travel guide and more Spotted Pig news

Alejandro Osses

This post originally appeared on October 20, 2018, in Amanda Kludt’s newsletter “From the Editor,” a roundup of the most vital news and stories in the food world each week. Read the archives and subscribe now.

Back in July, I dedicated my newsletter to a recent research trip to Bogotá to help out with the latest in our series of bi-annual international guides. I won’t go into it all again, but know that the guide is ALIVE. Please read through it and please consider checking out the city on your next big trip. Oh, and please look at all of these beautiful fruit photos. Kudos to our travel editor, Lesley Suter, for doing all the heavy lifting.

In restaurant news this week, we learned that Prune chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Ashley Merriman couldn’t make it work with disgraced restaurateur Ken Friedman in their proposed Spotted Pig partnership, because he refused to give up his manager’s salary — even though he wasn’t really allowed to physically go to the restaurant. And we learn about the extent of the surprise they felt when so many turned against them.

We also heard from chef April Bloomfield, Friedman’s former Spotted Pig partner, for the first time since the allegations emerged against him. She comes off as contrite; defeated. She speaks of feeling bullied, wanting to leave, being powerless and manipulated and naive. She also reveals she hasn’t reached out to Friedman’s alleged victims (her former employees), almost one year later.

I presume many will sympathize with her story, and many will believe her complicit. It’s important to remember that he is the one accused of wrongdoing, he’s the one who created an unsafe workplace. But as the business owner, she owed it to her staff to protect them and rise above it. And if she was unable, she owed it to them to walk away. Because just as his bad reputation is drowning her now, her good reputation gave him cover for years.

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On the Podcasts

This week on The Upsell, Daniel and I talk with special correspondent Meghan McCarron about the three big stories revolving around shamed restaurateur Ken Friedman and the powerful women who were unfortunate enough to partner with him.

And on this week’s episode of our business podcast, Start to Sale, hosts Erin and Natasha talk to Ari Weinzweig, the nonconformist co-founder of Zingerman’s mini empire of food-related businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Very highly recommend.

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