Mange La Résistance: How NYC Chefs Are Fighting Back Against Trump

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-9-11-15-amHere’s the best news you’ve had in the past few weeks: New York City chefs have made a bold gesture to demonstrate that they support immigrants who live in this country, and created a way for people who are devastated by the election results to get involved in resistance. It’s a really simple idea that can have serious impact.

Over the coming months, there will be a series of ticketed “family meals” at some of the city’s best restaurants: Wildair, Olmstead, Café Altro Paradiso, and Reynard. Family meal, if you don’t know, is the communal meal served just before a restaurant staff brings into action and opens its doors. It’s something of a sacred, intimate ritual–and these meals will be focused on generating conversation about what we can do to support immigrants, and each other, during these next four years. In partnership with Bon Appetit magazine, these restaurants will be donating proceeds from these ticketed meals to various immigrant rights organizations; they are listed at the ticketing site.

Bravo to these chefs and to BA mag for finding a simple way to create community and kickstart the resistance.


How Do You Say “Power Lunch” In French?

imgresEarlier this week, 147 leaders from around the world arrived in Paris for the long-anticipated climate talks, also known as COP21, a series of meetings in which these powerful men and women will discuss carbon emissions, fossil fuels, solar power and some way to actually move forward. The event is nothing short of historic and seminal, and the world’s attention is turned to Paris to see what will come of all this talk.

Meanwhile, the summit participants have been working up an appetite with all their debating. Will the food on their table be reflective of their stated goal, to steer the world away from rising temperatures, flooding and fossil fuel depletion? The French news website Le Point reported on the welcome lunch that was served to the heads of state in attendance at COP21. Check out my write-up of Le Point’s findings, and find out what the world leaders are eating (hint: it’s a lot of molecular gastronomy with regional French ingredients), on Food Republic.

Communism In A Bottle

Communist Wine_Rachel SignerThere was a pivotal moment when I realized that wine was more than just a beverage. Being an agricultural product, wine represents a confluence of politics, history, language, and economics; it was this multidimensional nature of wine that pulled me in, along with its ability to knock you out with a particularly ethereal bottle.

On a recent trip to Hungary, I had a moving experience tasting a bottle of wine made during the Communist era. Hungary’s wine industry has moved on since the fall of that regime, but it’s still worthwhile, I think, to revisit the period of State production and consider its legacy.

Read my piece on MUNCHIES.

Wine Pros On The Attack In Pennsylvania!

I reported on an informal coalition of wine (and spirits) industry pros, mostly based in Philly, who are giving the State Legislature a piece of their minds about Pennsylvania’s archaic liquor codes. Read the story on Eater Drinks. Anything like this going on in other states across the country? Other unique cross-sections of politics and drinking culture that you want to scoop me on? I’d love to hear it!