Thriving chain restaurants, World Food Programme, Fuerte Four

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Guelaguetza specializes in the cuisine of Oaxaca. Brica Lopez shares how her family’s restaurant has been coping during COVID on this week’s “In the Weeds.” Photo courtesy of Guelaguetza

Independent restaurants employ nearly 11 million nationwide, according to the Independent Restaurant Coalition.  Big chain restaurants are those thriving during the pandemic. Heather Haddon discusses why the chain restaurant model is working right now. Jonathan Dumont revels in the Nobel Peace Prize win for the World Food Programme. Gustavo Arellano announces the finalists in this year’s Tortilla Tournament. Bricia Lopez shares her family’s restaurant legacy in this week’s installment of “In the Weeds.” Finally, a visit to the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market to inspire winter gardening.



Evan Kleiman