Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Foodable Drops Chef Todd English From Top 100 Social Chefs Guide

Earlier this year, Foodable released its first Top 100 Social Chefs featuring the top-performing U.S. chefs in the digital space. As Foodable gears up to release the anticipated rankings for 2018 in January, a new policy has been implemented.

Foodable is dropping Chef Todd English from its Top 100 Social Chefs ranking due to sexual harassment allegations that arose in November.

This is what Foodable’s editor-in-chief, Paul Barron, had to say on the subject as he detailed the new Foodable policy:

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Amazon Will Absorb 25 Percent of Restaurant Visits by 2020

Amazon Will Absorb 25 Percent of Restaurant Visits by 2020
  • Amazon Prime has the highest Foodable Labs Sentiment compared to any consumer based product. 

  • The restaurant industry is predicted to see a 25% hit as Amazon moves into the food space. 

In today's fast-paced and highly competitive business environment, there are those brands, services, and concepts that recognize what's next and then there are the brands that are left catching up.

Plugged In brings you exclusive analysis of the most influential disruptors of the foodservice industry utilizing data from Foodable Labs™, the largest and most reliable destination for business insights, to reveal who is "plugged in" and who is missing that spark that drives business forward.

Join Foodable Network's CEO and editor-in-chief Paul Barron, the man who predicted the proliferation of fast casual as the next big thing in the restaurant business, for insider information on what's next in food and business.

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Can Aquaponics Change the Food System?

Can Aquaponics Change the Food System?
  • Flourish Farms takes eco-friendly practices to the next level and uses about 11,000 gallons of water in total, which recirculates through a single pump over and over again.

  • GrowHaus, where Flourish Farms is housed, aims to provide healthy, affordable options to the neighborhood of Elyria-Swansea, a Colorado food desert.

In this episode of Sustain, we meet JD Sawyer, founder of Colorado Aquaponics, which houses an aquaponics farm known as Flourish Farms. “The food system is out of balance. We’ve got to figure out a way to have higher quality foods using less resources, period, or it’s not gonna work. It’s really gonna take a grassroots effort. Instead of fighting the model, we’re just gonna have to change it.” Says JD and he believes that Aquaponics can be the solution. 

Aquaponics is defined as an eco-friendly system that recirculates water from a fish tank through a vegetable grow bed. Nutrients from the fish waste feed the plants and the plants filter the water to keep the fish healthy. 

Raising fish, including one-and-a-half to two-pound striped bass, is a huge part of the equation for Flourish Farms from both a financial and nutritional standpoint. “It’s a cheaper source of nutrients or fertilizer, if you will, than typical hydroponic solutions.”

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SUR: The Restaurant Behind Bravo TV’s Hit Reality Show Vanderpump Rules

On this episode of Table 42, Paul Barron takes us to his hometown, Los Angeles. Amidst the hustle and the bustle of the city, you will find starving artists and celebrity actors– all looking for a little camera time. And there’s one place you can find it without an audition, you just need a reservation.

SUR, which stands for Sexy Unique Restaurant, is a high-end concept, known for its deliciously composed dishes and perfectly shaken drinks. The attractive waitstaff might look a bit familiar to you, too. That’s because SUR is also the set of the wildly popular reality Bravo TV show “Vanderpump Rules” and occasionally makes an appearance on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

Guillermo Zapata opened and ran the restaurant for 10 years before partnering up with the Real Housewife cast member, Lisa Vanderpump Todd and her husband, Ken Todd. Since then the restaurant has expanded to an over 8000 square feet space– giving the trendy concept tons of space to welcome guests. Guillermo is always looking for new projects and challenges, so a second SUR Restaurant  & Lounge locations might be on the horizon.

“I’ve always said to every man Villa Blanca is where you take your wife. Sur is where you take your mistress. And now Pump can be where you take your boyfriend,” said Vanderpump in the past about the concepts.

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The original idea for SUR came from one of Zapata's culinary adventures, when he walked into a restaurant and was fascinated by the incredibly attractive staff, many of which were aspiring actors and actresses themselves.

“I start looking around and I find this good-looking guy, good-looking lady you know as waiters. [They] all look like actors or models. This feels like we’re on set in here.”

So Zapata was inspired to create his own sexy restaurant with not only eye-catching staff members, but a sexy scenery to match.

Partnering with the Vanderpumps and the use of the restaurant as the backdrop for reality TV shows has only helped the restaurant grow in popularity.

But bringing cameras into a hospitality business can put a lot of pressure on a team. No stranger to the limelight, Zapata says pressure like that drives him.

“You know, for me, pressure is good so I don’t find that as a bad thing. I need to be under pressure, I need to be in a challenge. If there’s competition next to me, I love it,” said Zapata.

Watch the episode above to learn more about the trendy West Hollywood destination!