This post originally appeared on May 4, 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.
This week at Eater we announced a long-in-the-works deal with Hulu to create their first ever original food shows. It’s wild. Our parent company Vox Media will oversee and produce the whole food slate, including contributions from chef Dave Chang’s Majordomo Media and cookbook author and overall sensation Chrissy Teigen. It’s a huge opportunity to explore what we can do with food television and see where Hulu wants to take it over the next few years.
At Eater, we’ve been dabbling in TV for a little while now, in ways both public and private. Private: the pitches and pilots that will never see the light of day (cool, cool, cool). Public: the episodes of our PBS show No Passport Required (for which host Marcus Samuelsson just won a James Beard Award last week).
Our first Hulu show, called Eater’s Guide to the World will lean into our expertise as dining authorities in cities across the U.S. and around the world. I’m picturing the episodes as love letters to the dining scenes in the cities we cover. After that we’re going to explore new formats — an absurdist competition show perhaps?? — but always with the Eater ethos.
It’s strange work for a journalist most comfortable with the written word. For one, so much time and work and effort go into television work that never sees the light of day. Second, so many people get to weigh in on what you make. I have a friend who’s a TV comedy writer and oftentimes it sounds like death from a thousand notes. (Or what’s the joke about the camel?)
But when it works, you get to tell stories that reach entire new audiences in entirely new mediums. We have a super creative team here and great partners at Vox Studios and Hulu, so it’ll be a fun time. If you have a show idea that you’d like to see made (but don’t actually want to make it yourself because I already have too many people hitting me up rn) please share it with me!
Opening of the Week: Bourke Street Bakery
The Australians in my office were VERY excited last fall when news broke that Sydney’s Bourke Street Bakery would be opening in New York this spring. The bakery is legendary for its lemon tart, ginger creme brulee tart, sausage rolls, and loaves of bread. They have a dozen locations across Sydney, but the owners moved to New York a year ago to personally man this new location. Co-owner Paul Allam will be milling his own flour for rye, whole wheat, and spelt loaves, as well as making some of his own cheeses. It looks GOOD.
- Intel: Charleston’s longtime favorite Hominy Grill closed; SF chef Brandon Jew will follow up his Michelin-starred Mister Jiu’s and cocktail bar Moongate Lounge with a casual Chinese-American spot called Mamahuhu; Eater Young Gun Francesca Chaney will open a restaurant and performance space in Bushwick; Pete Davidson bought McDonald’s for an entire movie theater when watching Avenger’s: Endgame; Uber Eats brought in $7.9 billion (with a B) in bookings last year but is still a loss leader for the company; the Obamas are working on a kids’ food show for Netflix; SF’s The Slanted Door finally has a Vegas opening date; Philly duo Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook have three new restaurants planned for their empire; a winery and tasting room just debuted inside Detroit’s Eastern Market; the makers of the Impossible Burger are struggling to keep up with demand; the theater nerds at Barbuto filmed a Les Mis-inspired goodbye video for the closing restaurant; LA’s The Hat will expand to Las Vegas; popular D.C. sandwich chain Taylor Gourmet may rise from the dead after a new company bought the brand’s assets after bankruptcy and is in negotiations to reopen five of the old locations; Bantam King in D.C. serves its fried chicken on top of vanilla soft serve; New York is allowing SNAP participants to buy food online; Hollywood’s historic Formosa Cafe will make its second comeback soon; San Francisco has a new rooftop bar; and Sean Brock officially left his consulting position at his former restaurant Husk.
- The demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping center in London will displace 25 food businesses and upend the Latinx community.
- Bagels, popular.
- To buy: area rugs, inspired by NYC’s Niche Niche, Chicago’s Smyth, and SF’s Birdsong and Atelier Crenn.
- Maybe don’t get the pizza at NYC newcomer Violet.
- The serene pleasure of watching people cook in the Chinese countryside ok TikTok.
On The Podcast This Week
This week on the podcast, Daniel and I discussed April’s biggest food stories, including CNBC’s silly video on tipping, what the hell is going on at The Row in LA, a restaurant in Chicago that seems to be infringing on multiple trademarks, Soylent’s new nutrition platform, and the controversy at Lucky Lee’s in New York.
- The Precious Moments Chairman has the craziest-looking house and the kinkiest-looking bedroom I’ve ever seen in a real estate listing. [Chicago Mag]
- I both love and despise Slack and 100% believe it makes me less productive. [Vox.com]
- Restaurant customers are the worst. [@mscelfo]
- Your kitchen is slowly killing you. [The New Yorker]
- What do to with juiced citrus? Make a stock for cocktails. [Punch]