Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we've got more stories of horrible restaurant customers. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers.
My earliest memory of my father's best friend Chris isn't specific enough to piece together, probably because I knew him my entire life. I'm sure he was loudly saying something tasteless as hell, though. When he died after complications from a stroke earlier today, all I could think about was what sort of utterly…
Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we've got more stories of horrible customers (to be followed by part 2 next week). As always, these are real e-mails from real readers.
After a bakery in Casselberry, Florida, refused to decorate a cake with the message "I Hate Gays," they started to receive hundreds of hateful, threatening calls. The house has stopped taking bets on whether some of the people issuing these threats also recently donated to Memories Pizza in Indiana.
The Nestle Corporation has come under fire recently for bottling and selling water during one of the most severe droughts in Western North American history. Here’s the kicker, though: what they’re doing is perfectly legal.
Food trends are an easy thing to hate. They immediately conjure up thoughts of "foodie" culture, $6 cupcakes, and the insufferable idiots who invented kale. But some trends are important and genuinely advance the way we eat. Twenty years ago, cheap Mexican food meant Taco Bell, ramen was $.02 worth of salt and…
Great news, everyone! McDonald's has just announced they're going to increase all minimum wage jobs to $1 over the minimum wage in every corporate-owned location. Just one problem: this supposed pay raise is going to do precisely fuck-all for the majority of McDonald's workers.
Another story of sexual harassment in a restaurant, another case of it being ignored and—wait, what? They closed the entire restaurant after the Massachusetts Attorney General came after them? And they're still going forward with a discrimination complaint? Holy crap.
Would it seem absurd to read that most restaurants in America get a significant amount of essentially free labor out of servers and bartenders for work that has nothing to do with serving or bartending? If so, it’s also such a basic, universal fact of the industry that almost no one even comments on it at this point.
[UPDATE: This post contained numerous inaccuracies at time of posting: Thai Union apparently had issues with a single one of their own suppliers, whose fish was only used in pet food. Darden was not aware of the allegations at the time of sourcing from Thai Union, and since they only source farm-harvested shrimp from…
Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we've got stories of some of the worst restaurant bosses I've ever heard of. As always, these are real e-mails from real readers.
We've heard about a lot of terrible restaurant owners on this website, but they pale in comparison to the restaurant owner in Valencia, California who was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, assault with a deadly weapon, and holding a person in involuntary servitude.
The recently announced merger of Heinz and Kraft has prompted some to declare ketchup "a comfort food for people who never aged past wearing disposable pants, using fat pencils and shoving their dirty fists in their mouths." Jeb Lund, normally a quick-witted sage, has turned full-blown troll extraordinaire in this…
Who's up for some good old-fashioned misogyny disguised as "just a joke?" No one? Well, tough shit, because the universe always has plenty of that on hand.
I get it. Your favorite restaurant is Big Chuck's Grilled Meat Wagon, parked between The Noodle Truck and The Taco Truck down at the daily lunchtime curbside bazaar of food trucks. Fine. I, too, love Big Chuck's selection of grilled meats. He's got some quality meats down there on the wagon, no one is denying that.
The owners of a Chinese restaurant just south of San Francisco used surveillance camera footage to prove that someone who wrote a bad review on Yelp was making the whole thing up and both sides are accusing the other of cyberbullying.
Welcome back to Behind Closed Ovens, where we take a look at the best and strangest stories from inside the food industry. This week, we've got yet more stories of hilariously dumb customers, as well as an end to the armistice from the Great Egg War of 2014 (NEVER FORGET). As always, these are real e-mails from real…
On Friday, XOJane published a think piece titled “UNPOPULAR OPINION: I Don’t Feel Guilty For Not Tipping You” by Sarah Bartlett. It is exactly as bad as it sounds.