- What Everlane did with fashion, making nice clothes affordable but cutting out retail middlemen and educating consumers on pricing, a Silicon Valley start-up is trying to do with cookware. Made In’s pots and pans are much cheaper than those made by traditional brands such as All-Clad. It remains to be seen whether home cooks will buy into the idea that low-cost cookware can actually be high quality.
- Tired: chicken and waffles. Wired: fried lobster with Cheddar Bay Biscuit waffles at Red Lobster.
- The New York Times takes a deep dive into the United States beef industry’s use of antibiotics in cattle. Some call antibiotics essential for production, but others see them as “performance enhancing drugs.”
- Ever since word got out that this baker in London was making Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake, her bakery has been slammed. “We’re so busy we don’t have enough food to have the market stall on today as well. We’ve just been busier than ever.”
- A new book called In Chocolate We Trust looks at how Milton Hershey built an empire, and a town around his chocolate factory.
- First it was McDonald’s at the Vatican, and now it’s Starbucks inside Yosemite National Park. There is no frontier too sacred or serene for big food companies to stake out new territory.
- Why do so many new restaurants resemble movie sets these days? Restaurateurs are hiring Hollywood set designers to create their dining spaces.
- Extremely Jewel Akens voice: Well let me tell you ‘bout the americanos and the lattes and the cappuccinos and the flat whites ...
I overheard a father in Brooklyn explaining the difference between Americanos, Lattes, Cappucinos & Flat Whites to his 5 year old. This is the Brooklyn version of “The Birds & The Bees.”— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) March 25, 2018
- An 80-year-old McDonald’s franchisee in Illinois has filed an ageism lawsuit against the Big Mac peddler, claiming Mickey D’s is trying to push him out of the business by denying expansion opportunity and requesting an “unreasonable” remodel for his restaurant. McDonald’s says the lawsuit is “a largely vague and conclusory hodgepodge of factual allegations,” but a federal judge in New Jersey is allowing it to proceed.
- As giant companies like Amazon and Walmart delve further into the grocery business, smaller supermarket chains are being pushed out. “It’s not a level playing field,” Abel Porter, chief executive officer of Iowa-based Fairway, tells the New York Times. “Competing against Amazon is like competing against the government or a military commissary.”
- Not only are National Football League cheerleaders paid so little their work is almost volunteer in nature, they aren’t allowed to dine in the same spaces as players. If a New Orleans Saints player enters a restaurant where a team cheerleader is eating, she has to vacate the premises immediately.
- Sorry, pig farmers. In response to Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported steel, China is going to put a 25 percent tariff on American pork.
- And, finally: Mmm, The Simpsons-themed dinner party.
In what may be the greatest idea I've ever had, I successfully pulled off an all-Simpsons-themed dinner party. pic.twitter.com/lxecwbst9D— Tristin Hopper (@TristinHopper) March 25, 2018