Trends This Week – The restaurant recession and what it means? – 10.19.16

Across America, from established restaurant chains to upstarts, bankruptcies are rising, locations are closings and profit margins are shrinking. Restaurant Chain CEOs blame it on everything from the deplorable election season dragging down the mood of the country to global geo-political tensions. “It’s the economy, stupid,” not the presidential elections or consumer uncertainty, that’s keeping people from eating out. More than a restaurant recession, it is a precursor of a national recession.


Lindsay Sheehan – 20 Plants To Grow In Your Moonlight Garden

Often, gardens are planned with only the daytime in mind. Under the light of the sun, many plants show off their rich colors, gorgeous textures, and stunning shapes. A world in miniature, this is typically the time of day when the garden is abuzz with activity – the birds are singing, the bees are darting from flower to flower, the …


Reynard Loki – 8 Signs Americans Are Moving Towards a Healthier, Saner Diet

ast summer, the right mix of rain and sun over Minnesota gave corn farmers in the Gopher State a bumper crop [3]. Garrison Keillor, the redoubtable host of the public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” was likely pleased. “Sex is good,” the proud Minnesotan once quipped, ”but not as good as fresh, sweet corn.” One of 2015’s food trends, …

Did the Media Just Buckle from Biotech Industry Pressure

How else to explain the extraordinary, coordinated attack on Chipotle for going GMO-free? Action Alert! After announcing that Chipotle would make the switch to using exclusively non-GMO ingredients in their food, the restaurant chain was slammed hard by major news media outlets. Here’s a sampling of some of the headlines: “Why Chipotle Mexican Grill Going GMO-Free is Terrible News” (Time); “Chipotle’s GMO Gimmick …


Hip and Trendy New Yorkers Pay for the Privilege of Eating Garbage

A hip and trendy new restaurant in New York City has the rich folks all excited. The restaurant, called wastED, serves the things that most people throw out. And I’m not completely sure how I feel about this.  There’s an absolutely staggering amount of food wasted in the United States, but this is a rather extreme, artsy take on the problem. First, the …