Fodder for Thought: Week 29

While you’re busy running service, we’re scouring the Internet in search of the latest and greatest stories to hit the airwaves. This week, Eater examines the fast-casual craze, Bon Appetit quizzes Carla Hall on her favorite foods, and the New York Times de-bunks clean eating.

Eater | When Fine-Dining Chefs Go Fast Casual

Not everyone can be the next Shake Shack, but that doesn’t mean chefs won’t try. It’s been well documented that fine-dining as we know it is dying. In it’s place: the upscale-but-quick fast-casual spot. Insert a cool name, some good branding, and fun beer collaboration and you’ve got yourself a successful concept. Eater takes a look at this trend that’s here to stay, and calls out some of the finer establishments trying to make it quick for today’s dining culture.

Bon Appetit | Carla Hall’s 5 Best Meals of All Time

Chef (and Chef Works model) Carla Hall shares five meals that were so earth-shatteringly awesome, she just had to tell somebody. From a night out with Mario Batali in Michigan to a tea pairing at Colicchio & Sons in NYC, this is the ultimate foodie bucket list. Now, if only we could track down Bumble in Scotland for that mushroom risotto…

Taste | Women Aren’t Ruining Food

It’s well documented throughout the culinary industry that women are sorely underrepresented. Taste takes this notion a step further, arguing that food trends that are inherently “female” are collectively deemed “overexposed” and automatically dismissed as being “done,” while trend from male chefs are praised. What does this mean, and how do we counteract this notion that female chefs don’t measure up?

New York Times | Relax, You Don’t Need to ‘Eat Clean’ 

The world is full of what you shouldn’t eat. What’s bad and what’s worse for you. NY Times looks at the science behind “clean eating,” and survey says: it’s all hullabaloo. Food, they argue, should be pleasurable, rather than inducing panic, and we couldn’t agree more.

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