Dispatches from the Front of the House

“The restaurant server is never just serving food, they are also: the mediator, the buffer, the northern Italian wine expert, the allergy navigator, the appetite fulfiller, the charismatic leader, the caretaker, the recommender, the check splitter, the mutable chameleon oscillating between being sophisticated and distant and sassy on-demand entertainment.”

Independent Producer Sara Brooke Curtis spent six months interviewing restaurant servers in San Francisco. Here, she shares her observations.

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After 20 Years of Negotiations, American Apples Arrive in China

China is the biggest producer of apples in the world, but almost all of them are of one kind: Fuji. A recent apple trade deal means that now all American apple varieties are allowed into China. Before the agreement, only Red and Golden Delicious were allowed in.

Fruit is a huge part of the country’s gift giving culture, and this could mean huge business ahead of the holidays.

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Recipe: Harissa, Two Ways

Orly Olivier is an artist and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her exhibition, Petit Takett: Love, Legacy, and Recipes from the Maghreb, at the Skirball Center invokes her Tunisian Jewish heritage with photographs, recipes and household objects. She says, “Petit Takett is my way of honoring both my familyʼs heritage and their crazy love for food.”

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