This post originally appeared on March 30, 2019, 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.
So it’s not exactly Miranda Priestly’s theory of trickle-down cerulean, but I have to note it is funny to see the au courant blue banquette that was everywhere at the dawn of 2018 has made its way to Bobby Flay’s Vegas behemoth. Someone tell David Rockwell the new hot color is green.
Flay’s restaurant is called Shark and it opens on April Fools’ Day.
Opening of the Week: Yonder
Wonderfully-named Eater Young Gun Maya Lovelace (‘16) finally opens her long-anticipated counter-service Southern restaurant Yonder today. She put herself on the map with a pop-up restaurant called Mae a few years ago and announced this more permanent follow-up back in 2017. She serves catfish, baked pimento macaroni and cheese, vegetable plates, and three styles of fried chicken. Also to-go buckets. Also, so cute.
- Intel: The James Beard Foundation released this year’s nominees for chef, restaurant, and media awards; Jacob Bickelhaupt, the chef/owner of now-closed 42 Grams, held a fundraising dinner for the domestic violence charity that helped his ex-wife, who he assaulted; the founder of LA’s Koreatown died; the owners of D.C.’s Burmese bodega Toli Moli are opening a full-service restaurant called Thamee; Paul Qui, the Austin chef and restaurateur accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of her child, almost opened a version of East Side King in Denver (but then food hall management pulled out of the deal); Traci Des Jardins will close her flagship restaurant Jardinière; the Texas Rangers’ baseball stadium will sell two-pound chicken strips this season; the long-anticipated closure of New York icon Barbuto will take place at the end of May; Thomas Keller served SF Chronicle critic Soleil Ho a soup course out of a bong as part of an in-joke; and Seattle empire builder Renee Erickson closed the LA version of her doughnut shop General Porpoise six months after opening.
- Whoa look at this Philly restaurant Louie Louie.
- Review: two NYC all-day cafes, Gertie and Hunky Dory.
- A look at what it feels like to go on a hunger strike.
- An excerpt from chef Kwame Onwuachi’s new memoir about the subtle racism of the Per Se kitchen.
- Shrill is so good for so many reasons, and one is that it ignores stereotypes about how women of size eat.
- Can I not just have an ugly trash can and dish rack?
- An excerpt from Ruth Reichl’s new memoir where she calls Epicurious Gourmet’s ”archenemy.”
- Caity Weaver describing how to get into the berth of a sleeper car in her feature on traversing the country via Amtrak was truly a highlight of my week. [NYTimes]
- Very good buffet tips. [@ohhijackie]
- You cannot make this shit up: “NASA has aborted its first all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station because there are not enough spacesuits of the best size to fit both female astronauts, the agency said.” [WaPo]
- JJ Goode argues that all short and simple recipes are basically crap. [Taste]
- The progressive politics of Julia Child. [New Yorker]
- The best ever wedding gifts via our colleagues at Curbed. [Curbed]
- Our data reporter Vince analyzes all the instances in which women clutch their purses while near him over the course of a year. He explores what it means about implicit bias and racial profiling, and how women’s use of rudeness and paranoia as a defense mechanism can cause pain for others. [Code Review]
- Get ready for Chrissy Teigen’s new cooking website. [@chrissyteigen]