Chick-fil-A employees in Orlando ignored the chain's ban on Sunday operations to feed first responders and blood donors in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the gay nightclub Pulse early that morning. Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has donated $500,000 to a fund to help victims' families and provided free food to workers, volunteers and family members awaiting news.
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy's tweeted remarks disparaging the Supreme Court's decisions in two gay marriage cases were quickly removed Wednesday, followed by a statement from the company saying Cathy was speaking for himself and not the company. The swift reaction to this week's comments was in contrast to a slower response to anti-gay comments made by Cathy last year that led to weeks of controversy for the company.
The Fancy Food Show in San Francisco was a feast of the latest food trends, from further growth of gluten-free goods to new combinations of salty and sweet, writes The Food Connector president Ed Zimmerman. "The Fancy Food Show is a chance to see consumer trends in retail and predict how foodservice may be impacted going forward," he writes.
Foodies learned to expect the unexpected this year, as a small-town writer's Olive Garden review made national news, consumers shamed Chick-fil-A into pulling funding from anti-gay causes and beets became the new kale. The year's trends also included bans on foie gras in California, big sodas in New York City and pink slime wherever burgers are sold.