Chef Works Weekly Bites: An LA icon shuts its doors

Welcome to Week 37 of 2020. Chef Works® Weekly Bites is where we take a dive into the notable and fun food stories of the week.


Despite everything that’s happening, the world keeps spinning and industry keeps trying to innovate – globally, if possible. The Associated Press reports that China is becoming the new battleground for plant-based meats.

Weekly Bites has brought you plenty of stories in the past about plant-based companies battling for supremacy. But here’s a fresh take with an international flavor.

American plant-based meat company Impossible Foods Inc. said Thursday it is awaiting regulatory approval to enter the China market, while rivals such as Beyond Meat have pushed forward with plans to set up production in China despite edgy relations between Beijing and Washington.

You can read the complete story here.


Golden tickets? Your own candy factory? Yes, this Wonka-esque adventure is true from the folks at Jelly Belly. ABC7 in Southern California has more.

A Los Angeles dining icon, Moore’s Delicatessen, is unfortunately closing its doors. The “Animator’s Room” was a favorite of illustrators, animators and artists. Here’s the report from the Los Angeles Times.

Neat story on country music star Brad Paisley and his wife pledging $1 million to help fight hunger. ABC News has the report.


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Damn you 2020! The latest victim of the COVID pandemic are soft, squishy and delicious. It’s Peeps.

The marshmallow treat, a popular offering during Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day is taking a break to prep for Easter in 2021.

Read more from the Denver Post.


Have you checked out our latest web series “Perspectives?” This short-form Q&A explores what it means to be in the culinary and hospitality industry in 2020. Our latest episode with healthcare chef Benjamin Robinett is up now!

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Get caught up on last week’s Weekly Bites here.