The 33 Restaurant and Food Stories That Dominated 2016

December 30, 2016

The year’s most buzzworthy events — and why they matter

It may seem like 2016 was all about rainbow bagels, poke bowls, and fast-food items with Cheetos stuffed inside. But it encompassed so much more: This year also marked random food chains getting into politics, Silicon Valley investors pouring unreasonable amounts of money into delivery-based food startups, iconic restaurants closing, a continuing chef shortage, a fast-food CEO Labor Secretary, and a cookbook from a model. Also, Beyonce sang about hot sauce. Here’s a quick review.

In January…

The poke trend was ID’d as a Thing. That. Was. Coming. And by