- Cookbook author Paula Wolfert is the James Beard Foundation’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement honoree. The expert on Mediterranean cuisine has won numerous James Beard Awards over the years, including a medal for her 1994 book The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, and the MFK Fisher Award for a Saveur piece titled “My Old Moroccan Home.” “I am so honored to receive the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award,” Wolfert says in a statement. “This honor is especially meaningful to me because I knew Jim Beard well, and in fact, back in 1957, he gave me my first professional job in food.” Wolfert’s work will be celebrated at the James Beard Foundation Awards, which will take place in Chicago on Monday, May 7.
- A Facebook video of a guy getting kicked out of a McDonald’s in Myrtle Beach after trying to buy a homeless man lunch has been viewed over 61 million times since Wednesday.
- Condolences to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, who has been forced to cancel the order for his $31,000 dining set after John Q. Public learned he was paying the exorbitant price with government funds.
- In an op-ed for Fast Company, OpenTable’s CEO Christa Quarles considers how kitchen culture can change in light of the #MeToo movement: “[L]aying out and enforcing the rules is probably the easy part. Professional kitchen cultures will likely change more quickly if we can empower more women to enter and stay in an industry that remains dominated by men at all levels, especially in the decision-making roles of executive chef, manager, and owner.”
- UK locations of KFC just can’t catch a break:
Lettuce hope. pic.twitter.com/UAfZbmsMyH— Michael Amon (@michaelkamon) March 2, 2018
- Esquire offers some tips on how to score reservations at five of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, including Ultraviolet in Shanghai and é by José Andres in Las Vegas.
- WTF: A New York City woman was arrested this week on attempted murder, burglary, assault, and other charges for allegedly poisoning her look-alike with a cheesecake and trying to make it look like a suicide. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown tells the AP: “This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant.”
- Here’s a map of all the restaurants that Anthony Bourdain visited on the Seattle episode of Parts Unknown.
- Fans of bow tie-wearing recipe guru Christopher Kimball can now rent the writer’s farmhouse in Vermont for just $275 per night.
- Nnedi Okorafor, one of the writers behind the Black Panther comics, helped Tasty imagine a dish that the people of Wakanda might eat... if they consumed meat.
- A disheartening report from the Guardian: “Yes, bacon really is killing us.”
- Sadly, MasterChef Senior is not anywhere near as funny as MasterChef Junior Junior.
- And finally, Subway, the sandwich chain with the distinctive plastic-y bread smell, will be rolling our a menu of “signature wraps” soon.