Industry Reads & Recs

For the week of November 18.

Pile of newspapers with cup of tea on wooden table.
What does it take for a restaurant to get media coverage these days—and why does it seem like the onus is always on the eatery? / serezniy ©

Here’s what we’re tuning in for and clicking through to this week:

Find out how a former bootlegger and shoeshine man turned pitmaster became Denver’s beloved “Daddy” Bruce Randolph, known for feeding thousands on Thanksgiving. A documentary about the life of Denver’s legendary Randolph, Keep a Light in Your Window, airs on Rocky Mountain PBS (channel 6) Thursday, November 19 at 8 p.m.; check the channel listings for additional air times.

We just flew through Eater’s Guide to the World, a new series on Hulu. The episodes (narrated by Maya Rudolph) are all great, but the first installment on dining solo in the Pacific Northwest has a special place in our heart. 

We all know it’s going to be a while before the industry bounces back—but some are predicting full-service eateries won’t make a comeback until (gulp) 2025.

We’ve heard from plenty of frustrated Colorado operators that no one in the Centennial State thinks they can eat dinner before or after 7 p.m. But according to others, dining out early is the new prime time

In an increasingly difficult time for the industry, what does it take for chefs and restaurants to secure media coverage—and is it worth it? 

What are you obsessed with? We’re always on the lookout for interesting books, articles, websites, podcasts, movies or TV shows—they don’t even have to be food-related. Let us know at


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