On Millennials Killing Chain Restaurants and How to Get a Busy Bartender’s Attention

Northern California’s wine-producing counties – Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino – are on fire. So far there are 11 confirmed dead and 1,500 homes destroyed. Via CNN:

– More than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues, including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.

– Wildfires were burning more than 119,032 acres in California as of Monday night.

– More than 100 phone calls have been made to Sonoma County’s missing persons hotline, the county said Monday.

How one restaurant is tackling the issue of cell phone addiction one table at a time.

“The hope is that you sit down, you get your menus, and then you’re like, ‘What is this box?’ And then you open the box and there’s this very simple note.” The note reads: “We’d like to invite you to unplug during your meal here at Hearth. Feel free to use this box, put your phone away, and connect with your fellow diners.”

On Brassneck’s fourth birthday, Nigel Springthorpe sits down with Scout to talk brewery goals, branding, beer labels and so much more.

The New York Times examines how to get and keep a busy bartender’s attention.

From Twix to Tootsie Pops, this month’s Bon Appetit food horoscope will tell you which Halloween candy you are.

Good news Michael Jackson fans! A few local chefs will gather at Mak N Ming on October 16th for a collaborative, Thriller-inspired meal.

New study tries to get to the bottom of Durian stink. Fascinating stuff.

Big Business strikes again! The much-loved mineral water Topo Chico (which was founded over a century ago in Mexico) has been acquired by Coca-Cola.

How Mexico City’s street food vendors are recovering in the wake of the recent earthquake.

A recent east coast study shows just how serious food insecurity is among indigenous communities.

A call for rethinking solutions to food waste as Canadians continue to throw out an estimated $31 billion worth of food every year.

The much anticipated Bells and Whistles opened this past week near Fraser and Kingsway. Take a long look inside and try not to drool over that All-Day Breakfast Sandwich.

The World’s 50 Best Bars list was released this past week. While Canada didn’t crack the top 50, a few spots from our neighbours to the south are a stone’s throw away, including San Francisco’s Trick Dog and ABV.

If you’re a sucker for puns and cheese curds, consider heading to Montreal to check out the Russian-themed Vladimir Poutine.

Another super depressing article on how small mom-and-pop run restaurants, cafes and shops are having trouble retaining staff in the face of rising housing costs in the city.

Have Thanksgiving leftovers kicking around? The Vancouver Sun’s Kasey Wilson shares a few tips on what to make other than turkey sandwiches.

Good riddance! Millennials are killing chain restaurants and this article tries to explain why.

For all the negative press regarding GMO’s, scientists are using gene-editing on wheat proteins in an attempt make celiac-friendly bread.

In a follow-up to last week’s articles on the effects of Hurricane Maria on agriculture and farming, the folks at Healthy-ish look at the changing face of Puerto Rican food in the face of widespread devastation.

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to Jeremy Inglett and his stunning spread of tacos in celebration of National Taco Day!

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