This post originally appeared on May 8, 2020 in Amanda Kludt’s “From the Editor” newsletter, a weekly round-up of the food world’s top news and stories. Read the archives and Subscribe now.
We announced that this week 2021 class of Eater New Guard, a group of future leaders who are positively transforming the world of food. The people on the list – chefs, restaurateurs, activists, and farmers – work to build a better future by focusing on serving their communities and helping others.
Last spring, when the pandemic hit and we paused our decade-long Young Guns program, we got to think about how we’d brush up on the series in 2021 and what kind of leaders we’d like to highlight in a post-pandemic world. We have decided to expand the mission to young people who do not necessarily work in restaurants, but who care intensely about the food and their communities.
The resulting list is full of people who are as interesting as they are inspiring. I highly recommend reading Editor Hillary Dixler Canavan’s intro to the crew and delving into the full list.
– Eleven Madison Park will mostly be vegan when it reopens and joins next month a new wave of vegan restaurants in New York, including the pandemic openings of Guevara, Aunts et Uncles, Fat Choy and Xilonen and the reopening of the new vegan wine bar Ruffian.
– Seattle high-end Canlis restaurant announced its first cook for 70 years.
– The first big food festival takes place again in (where else?) Miami. Like the SOBE Wine and Food Fest will change for this pandemic.
– Michelin announced its stars for New York.
– The restaurateurs Greg and Subrina Collier from the modern juke joint Leah & Louise have organized a Black Food & Wine Festival for October 22-24 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
– Illinois is considering along with New York and California Prohibition of third party cooperation with restaurants without their consent.
– One of Las Vegas’ The most famous buffets will be reopened on May 20th after a multi-million dollar overhaul.
– Miami’s Casa Tua will replace Daniel Boulud’s recently closed 20 year old Cafe Boulud restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Openings: Dauphine, a highly anticipated New Orleans-inspired restaurant, and Small food studio, a bakery and takeaway with some outstanding sausage rolls in DC; Iron, a much-belated new restaurant in Nashville; The oasis, a 35,000-square-foot food hall with indoor and outdoor cocktail lounges and a stage for live performances in Miami; Brasserie, a French brasserie (thanks a lot to Keith McNally) in Boston; and Holy bread, an exciting new bakery in Seattle.
– Looking back ten years at n / naka and his influence on the Los Angeles restaurant scene.
– – Pasadena’s restaurant scene is perhaps the most exciting thing there is in LA right now.
– How to navigate a Pandemic-era Disney World right now.
– For baking: this delicious looking one PB&J inspired crumb cake.