Edward Lee, Claudette Zepeda and David Chang will host virtual cooking classes through Airbnb, the proceeds of which will go to the Lee Initiative Restaurant Reboot Relief Program. "As a chef, we connect with our guests through our food, but we don't often have the chance to share and explore the stories behind dishes with diners directly," Chang said.
Fried bread with a chickpea filling is a popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago, where the dish is known as doubles. Chef Queen Trini Lisa demonstrated the recipe she has on the menu at her New Orleans restaurant, which includes a topping of mango and cilantro chutney.
Washington, D.C., chef Robbie Tutlewski learned how to make the thin Serbian Croatian pancakes called palacinke from his grandmother, and he has carried the recipe with him throughout his culinary career. While working at Pizzeria Bianco in Arizona, he came up with an Italian-inspired version filled with ricotta.
Pastry chef Klancy Miller is seeking funding for a biannual magazine called "For the Culture" that will share stories of black women in the food and wine industry. "Indigenous people were here first, but after indigenous people, Black people shaped this country -- and Black women are absolutely the architects of cuisine in this country and throughout the world," she says.
Students who qualify for reduced-price meals in North Carolina will have the meals covered by the state under a coronavirus relief bill passed by state lawmakers, pending Gov. Roy Cooper's signature. The legislation also includes a provision for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to analyze the amount of unpaid meal debt accrued in schools statewide.
OPES Acquisition has completed a $100 million merger with 130-unit Florida-based chain BurgerFi, with plans to take the company public this fall. BurgerFi is in growth mode with plans for both traditional units and nontraditional venues including transportation hubs, college campuses, stadiums and military bases.
Dallas chefs Donny Sirisavath, Junior Borges, Anastacia Quinones-Pittman and John Tesar share an affinity for grilling, and each has their own memories rooted in cooking over fire. Borges recalls the Brazilian barbecues of his youth with "big cuts of meat being rubbed with rock salt," while Quinones-Pittman remembers flanken short ribs grilled over charcoal and served with tortillas and salsa.
The city of Miami will close restaurants and other businesses for 10 days if they fail to enforce rules requiring masks and social distancing, Mayor Francis Suarez said. Other cities and states around the country are reconsidering, slowing or reversing reopening plans as the number of coronavirus cases rises.
Alex Guzman and Jenifar Chowdhury opened the 40-seat Archer & Goat in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in early 2019 after four years of preparation, and they plan to start reopening the restaurant this month, even as many of their peers make tough calls about their futures amid the pandemic. "We put way too much into it to just walk away now," Chowdhury said.
The Charleston County School District in South Carolina is using a $100,000 federal grant to fund a farm-to-school program that will expand existing efforts to provide nutritious food for students and teach them about gardening. Registered dietitian Kerrie Hollifield said the district is providing students with locally grown foods and teaching them about the growing process.