The Intelligence Brief is our weekly compendium of food and drink news sourced from outlets all over the world, including right here at home.
This past Friday, the province announced hit a 1-day record for Covid-19 vaccinations- a glimmer of hope in an otherwise challenging few weeks (and months…..and year). Despite a slower vaccine rollout than expected, new case numbers have been holding steady. As residents await a more robust vaccine rollout, we continue to cover how the food and beverage industry is holding up through ongoing uncertainty.
First up, Eater explains how bars and restaurants across the US are coping with unprecedented winter weather conditions.
Texas, as you know, was hit particularly hard, and in addition to suffering widespread power outages, food shortages have become a major problem: NPR reports.
“Grocery store cashiers are among the 22 million food and agriculture workers deemed essential to the infrastructure of the nation during the early weeks of the pandemic. The diverse group encompasses workers on farms and in restaurant kitchens, workers who pack meals for schoolchildren or stock grocery shelves, workers who prepare and deliver meals—jobs that feed people and keep communities secure. People of color and women make up the majority of these workers, and immigrants are overrepresented, particularly in the meat-packing sector. The work they do is undervalued, underpaid, and often dangerous.”
As vaccine rollout continues, some restaurants in the US are grappling with whether or not to make vaccinations mandatory for employees.
While many of the industry issues coming to surface pre-date the virus, Covid-19 has forced many bars and restaurants to grapple with their longstanding, systemic problems.
Eater has a good point about why saving Chinatowns will never be enough if we’re not simultaneously addressing the rise in anti-Asian violence.
“The efforts to save Chinatowns through their restaurants and this year of violence against Chinese and other Asian people are symptoms of the same problem: a relationship mediated through consumption, without quite knowing what to do with the people behind those goods, who are imperiled by the physical threat of assaults, as well as longstanding threats like poverty and displacement. Americans may love Chinese food, but they don’t love the people who make it.”
With issues such as low wages and increasing penalties, delivery app workers are seeing former perks of the job quickly dwindling.
Even through tough times, BC restaurants are doing their best to support the local wine industry.
Alexandra Gill paid a visit to the recently opened Street Auntie Aperitivo House last week and found much to love about the fine dining spot. Also getting a positive review from her Gill week was East Van hideaway Straight & Marrow.
Something to look forward to: the City of Vancouver is once again opening up its summer patio applications.
Restaurant closures continue around the city and this past week came with news of Granville Island’s Edible Canada closing its doors permanently.
Similarly, East Broadway’s Black Lodge announced that it would be closing as well at the end of this month.
In recognition of Random Acts of Kindness week, Uno Gelato offered up free scoops for local health care workers.
Trump may be out of office but the legacy of his 7-step Diet Coke delivery procedure will live on in disturbing infamy.
Why one bartender chose to step out from behind the bar during the pandemic and is likely never to return.