Welcome to “Last Call” where you can find some of the best and most interesting articles about food and restaurants that were published this week. Perfect for reading during the commute to work or for discussing over a post-shift drink.
Restaurants are Facing a Serious Chef Shortage via Fortune
This was the big story this week in the restaurant industry. The shortage of chefs and cooks is an issue that has been talked about at countless manager meetings and griped about by chefs for a long time but it’s now hitting the mainstream with Fortune, Time Magazine, Food and Wine and The Boston Globe all writing articles about it this week. What’s interesting is that the solution is never discussed and the topic if often left open-ended. Over on Twitter a few chefs have said that we can’t keep blaming millennials and instead need to offer better incentives for restaurant work. The answer to the problem is definitely going to be difficult and take a long time to figure out.
The Big Opportunity McDonald’s is Missing via Forbes
In case you haven’t heard, McDonald’s is in trouble. They’re still one of the most recognizable brands worldwide but their sales have been falling over the last year or so. Bottom line is that their customer base is shifting and dining at fast-casual restaurants like Shake Shack or Chipotle despite the fact that these options cost more money. This article takes a look at what McDonald’s could be doing to stop their sliding sales numbers. While McDonald’s may not be a fine dining restaurant, the underlying message can easily be applied to many different restaurant concepts: businesses that involve their entire team, from dishwasher to CEO, in the success of the company create a sense of ownership among employees and they’re ultimately more successful.
When Did Rosé, Like, Become a Thing? via Vanity Fair
In Boston, it’s not officially summer until your favorite watering hole features rosé by the glass or a bottle or two of a new vintage of rosé. Vanity Fair takes a look at the rise in popularity of this type of wine from the 1980’s to now and the culprits behind each phase with a lot of humor in between. Fun Fact: rosé is also known as “Hampton’s Gatorade”
because it’s the drink of choice in the Hamptons during the summer. Who knew?
Growth potential in the restaurant industry via Kenosha News
Restaurants are good for cities because they create jobs, bring in tourism and add to a community’s well-being. The town of Kenosha, Wisconsin is trying to make their city more appealing to different food businesses as a way of boosting the city’s economics. This article covers ways that the town of Kenosha is trying to appeal to restaurant owners and the benefits that would come out of opening more restaurants.
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