TOQUE Magazine - Issue 15 - The Food Issue

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THE WORDS BY ZACHARY RESNICK; PHOTOS BY SARAH FARMER

THE LAST SIP OF WINE, THE LAST BITE OF A SHARED DESSERT, THE LAST CHIT. 90

THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY DEMANDING, BUT NOW IT FEELS AS IF EACH DAY COULD BE THE LAST. MANY ISSUES PLAGUING RESTAURANTS HAVE BEEN KEPT UNDER WRAPS FOR A LONG TIME, AND THE CURRENT CLIMATE BRINGS MORE TOLLS. THROUGH A DEPICTION OF THE DAY-TO-DAY STRUGGLES OF A HANDFUL OF REGIONAL CHEFS, WE ARE ABLE TO FOREGROUND SOME OF THEIR CHALLENGES, GAIN NEW RESPECT FOR WHAT IT TAKES TO BE WHO THEY ARE AND DO WHAT THEY DO, AND PERHAPS LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT SUPPORT THESE ARTISANS BEFORE IT’S TRULY THEIR LAST SERVICE.

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