menu design, potato dumplings, GQ, and exploding breakfast

Issue 5, Volume 1


Happy December good people.

Welcome to the fifth installment of the Dirty Dozen.  This issues highlights:  menu design, potato dumplings, GQ’s SF restaurant recommendations, and exploding breakfast.

Digest these at your own pace, or not even at all. Learn, comment or ignore. Pass ’em to clients, start a conversation, impress your friends. We’ll keep looking, cooking and sending these lists.



1. Music makes wine taste better:

 2. David Chang + Michelin Guide director Jean Luc Naret at Ko (via The Moth):

3. Secret menus:

 4. The art and communication design of the menu:

5. The “chickenization” of the livestock industry:

6. Geoff Watts and the things that inspire him to keep going:

 7. Danny Meyer time lapse:

 8. Tom Colicchio talks Gnocchi:,0,779574.htmlstory

9. Michael Chiarello talks changes, craft:

10. Alan Richman on San Francisco:

11. McYum? McFreaky:

12. Breakfast, interrupted: