Highlighting this week’s food news from around the web.
World Food Day 2014 Toasts Family Farmers [Food Tank] – October 16 is World Food Day and the U.N’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has recognized family farmers as central to solving global hunger and malnutrition. The FAO reports on data from 93 countries, that family farmers account for an average of 80 percent of all holdings, and are the main producers of food that is consumed locally. Results from a survey of 75 North American family farms reveal that North American family farmers remain committed to family farming, even though 67% of them have to work off the farm to support their families. Ok, great- so now what are we going to do to help these folks so they can focus on what they do best: farming?
We’re Not ‘Female Chefs,’ Just Chefs [Munchies] – Two-Michelin starred Chef Dominique Crenn (L’Atelier Crenn, San Francisco) responds to UK Chef Tom Kerridge’s comments in The Independent on how “Female chefs don’t have ‘fire’ to make it to top level – but ‘girls in the kitchen I like – it makes it not so aggressive'”. Dominique is tired of being labeled a “Female Chef” rather than just a straight-up chef, understandably so.
Can San Francisco Keep Our Cooks? [Nopalize] – The gross inflation of the housing market in San Francisco and the Bay Area is making it totally unrealistic for the cooks that make the restaurant industry go around to live there and/or move into the area. Lauren Sloss of Nopalize talks to chefs Stuart Brioza (State Bird Provisions), Gayle Pirie (Foreign Cinema), Ken Friedman (Tosca) and Laurence Jossel (Nopa) to get their thoughts on the matter. We smell a mass-exodus of cooks to the Pacific Northwest – how about you?
What Happens When Second Graders Are Treated to a Seven-Course, $220 Tasting Meal [NYTimes] – Reminiscent of The Bold Italic’s Four-year Old Reviews a Restaurant With Her Face series, The NY Times paid for six second graders to taste their way through Daniel’s $220 lunch menu. To be a fly on the wall of the kitchen as the cooks prepared that meal…
Tis the Season for the new Michelin Guides – New York’s guide was released a couple of weeks ago and San Francisco The Bay Area & Wine Country’s Bib Gourmand hit the wire today. The full Michelin Guide for The Bay Area will be out on Tuesday and Chicago guides are released next month.