Asks: How Can Food Change the World?

“Believe it or not, one of the most powerful – and easiest – ways we can change the world is by cooking food more often.” – Sam Kass, Executive director, Let’s Move; senior policy advisor, The White House “feeds the obsession” of food and drink in America’s most important food cities. Owned by Vox Media, Eater has a national website as well as localized sites for 24 major cities including New York, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and New Orleans. They cover what’s going on in the restaurant and food industry, from new openings and chef drama to what’s trending and in the news. Sometimes it ends up reading a bit like a tabloid, but they’re definitely on top of it and there isn’t really anything else like it, especially on a national level. Even for chefs, Eater is a go-to source of industry news.

Yesterday relaunched their brand and websites with a sleeker-looking, more dynamic design, user forums and some new content including a couple of video series and special features.
My favorite feature is the “How the [insert name of city here]’s Restaurant Industry Would Change the World Through Food”. They talked to various chefs, restaurateurs, “thinkers and doers” in each city to pitch in their ideas.

A few of the highlights:

Bryan Steelman, Owner of Portland, OR’s Por Que No? says: “I would say start small and simple: Focus on respect for employees, taking care of your community, and earning sustainable profits.”

Ethan Stowell, Chef/Owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants in Seattle, WA says: “I would love to see food education be a major part of our education system. I was made to take calculus and I’ve never used it. Why not make students take an advanced class on what they should put in their bodies, why it’s important, and where it comes from?”

Aaron Franklin, Owner and Pitmaster of Franklin Barbecue in Austin, TX says: “I think we could take some lessons from how a large, unwieldy hunk of meat cooks. Slow down a bit! Pay attention to the details, enjoy your time spent with friends or family.”

There’s also a national version of the feature: “72 Ways Food Can Change the World” where they speak to people like David Mas Masumoto (California farmer, author of Epitaph for a Peach), Kurt Ellis (CEO/Founder of FoodCorps), John T Edge (Director of Southern Foodways Alliance) and Betsy Andrews (acting editor-in-chief of Saveur Magazine).

I’d recommend taking a read through it all, it’s super inspiring. For me, this reconfirms that there are plenty of people in this country with lots of great ideas and we’re all working in the right direction to LETumEAT!


“People sharing good food together are rarely at war. You can’t sit and share truly delicious traditional food without having some kind of constructive connection. And those connections build positive feelings, deeper understanding, and a calmer, more creative world.” – Ari Weinzweig, Co-owner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses

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