The City Imagines: The Future of Restaurants

20jan7:00 pm8:00 pmThe City Imagines: The Future of RestaurantsWith Corey Mintz, Hemant Baghwani, and Kate Chomyshyn. Moderator: Karon Liu.

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  • Karon Liu

    Karon Liu


    Karon Liu is a staff food reporter for the Toronto Star. He recently helped launch a new food section focusing on the hidden gems and culinary vastness of the Greater Toronto Area. His writing can be found every Thursday in the paper.


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A searing expose of the restaurant industry, and a path to a better, safer, happier meal. Join Corey Mintz, author of The Next Supper: The End of Restuarants as we Knew Them, and What Comes After, for this exciting conversation with celebrated Toronto restauranteurs Hemant Bhagwani and Kate Chomyshyn, moderated by food writer Karon Liu.

About The Next Supper by Corey Mintz

In the years before the pandemic, the restaurant business was booming. Americans spent more than half of their annual food budgets dining out. In a generation, chefs had gone from behind-the-scenes laborers to TV stars. The arrival of Uber Eats, DoorDash, and other meal delivery apps was overtaking home cooking.

Beneath all that growth lurked serious problems. Many of the best restaurants in the world employed unpaid cooks. Meal delivery apps were putting restaurants out of business. And all that dining out meant dramatically less healthy diets. The industry may have been booming, but it also desperately needed to change.

Then, along came COVID-19. From the farm to the street-side patio, from the sweaty kitchen to the swarm of delivery vehicles buzzing about our cities, everything about the restaurant business is changing, for better or worse. The Next Supper tells this story and offers clear and essential advice for what and how to eat to ensure the well-being of cooks and waitstaff, not to mention our bodies and the environment. The Next Supper reminds us that breaking bread is an essential human activity and charts a path to preserving the joy of eating out in a turbulent era.


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm