- Atlanta-based chicken-sandwich chain Chick-fil-A is slowly but surely taking over the world of fast food. The company’s fourth New York City location — its biggest restaurant to date — just opened, and with $9 billion in sales in 2017, it is on track to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the U.S. in the next two years, trailing only McDonald’s and Starbucks. Chick-fil-A is known for sterling customer service, but it has a history of supporting homophobic organizations.
- James Beard cookbook hall of fame author Maida Heatter has a new tome coming out. Happiness Is Baking will relay “the legendary 101-year-old baker’s classic recipes to a new generation in a greatest-hits collection of favorite cakes, cookies, pies, tarts, muffins, brownies, and more desserts.” Dorie Greenspan, another iconic cookbook author, will provide the forward.
- When you’re a Top Chef host and judge, your Easter eggs have to be a little bit extra. Padma Lakshmi decorated hers with imitation gold leaf.
- More details on the stolen-lunch story that captivated Twitter Friday afternoon. Comedian and writer Zak Toscani gave Digg the human resources email that seems to validate his account, though he says the events actually took place a week ago.
- McDonald’s employees say the company is not keeping its promise to pay workers at least $1 more than local minimum wages.
- Domino’s is attempting to drum up some business with a new online game that involves a digital Rube Goldberg machine. Players can earn points toward free pizzas.
- New York Times dining critic Pete Wells recently tweeted the not-at-all-hot take that restaurants should provide more than one cocktail menu per table. Despite the mildness, The debate carried over through the weekend and into Monday morning.
We worry about cluttering the table, and/or don’t want to print 50 wine lists x 30 pages, which change weekly. We’d offer more (+ always happy to bring), but then worry about waitsplaining or asking too many q’s.— katie bell (@_katiebell) March 31, 2018
An iPad is going to take my job... isn’t it?
I agree; we format or menus so the food menu is on one side, and the other side is wine BTG, cocktails, and beers- all items that are “single serve.” The wine list (assumed for the table) is separate, and the table gets one. If more are requested, we oblige.— Brooks Reitz (@brooksreitz) April 2, 2018
- The San Francisco Chronicle weighs in on how publications should cover chefs and restaurants that have been tarnished by allegations of sexual misconduct. The paper’s food staff is divided on the subject.
- Finally, with Easter and April Fools’ Day falling on the same Sunday, it was a perfect time for parents to use springtime candy to play jokes on their children. Jimmy Kimmel’s kids must have had a rough holiday.