Welcome to Week 22 of 2020. Chef Works® Weekly Bites is where we take a dive into the notable food stories of the week. We took a break from the traditional Weekly Bites for a couple of months to bring you news, links and resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it impacted the hospitality community.
Moving forward, we’ll still include updates on restaurant openings and relevant industry news as Chef Works continues to use all of its media channels as a resource.
As restaurants across the country begin to re-open, people are watching consumer behavior very carefully. The early data says delivery and take-out might be still be the popular trend in the coming months as people make a slow transition back to eating out.
The Nation’s Restaurant News has a breakdown:
Consumers are now placing even more digital orders, NPD found. During the month of April, digital ordering from restaurants was up 106% percent over a year ago, and now accounts for almost 20% of restaurant orders.
A growing number of those digital orders are being placed by older adults, a group that previously had lagged in digital ordering.
You can read the full story here.
- As some restaurants look for buyers, investors are banking on an industry comeback, according to Restaurant Business Online.
- What are some of the tell-tale signs that the economy is making a comeback? CNBC lists five main points to keep an eye on.
- FSR Magazine has some useful tips in their June issue, offering up six ways technology can improve food safety in the COVID era.
“The best chocolate chip cookies ever” is a long-raging debate that is rarely settled. Someone’s grandmother’s uncle’s cousin always has a better recipe. But as schools let out for the summer and parents looking for ways to keep kids off of tablets all day, Delish has introduced a series of baking recipes and tricks.
It’s subjective whether these are in fact the best chocolate cookies ever. But we applaud the effort.
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WEAR OF THE WEEK
Looking for comfort, style and efficiency that’ll play well in the front and back of the house? The Uptown family of aprons are a great place to start. The cross-back bib takes the strain off of the neck and the textured, crosshatch denim will hold up shift-to-shift. A half-bistro and waist style are also available – giving servers and bartenders the storage space and versatility they need.
ON THE BLOG: Some stories from the last couple of months
- Chef Works proudly launches SKILD SERIES™ face coverings (PRE-ORDER NOW!)
- As the world around us changed, Chef Works stayed focused on what matters.
- Super Bowl chef Dayanny De La Cruz is leading her own comeback story
- Chefs Allison Fasano and John Brill are masked heroes in Gotham.
- Our 20K Apron Giveaway was a resounding success.
- Guest column: How Nude Dude Food is paying it forward.
- Food critic, writer and TV personality Troy Johnson is hopeful for a “massive flood” of people at restaurants.
- A Q&A with New York Executive Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff.