Newspaper Reporter Works At A Chipotle And Finds Out All Kinds Of Secrets

Chain has to balance food quality and speed
Feb 26, 2015 12:30 pm

Chances are you’ve waited in line during the lunch rush for a burrito, taco or bowl from Chipotle. And chances are your meal was largely similar to the one you had the last time you were there. And the time before that. That’s because employees at all of the chain Mexican grill’s near-1,800 locations have been thoroughly trained in each and every aspect of food preparation and service. A reporter from The Wall Street Journal recently worked at a Chipotle location for two days to learn the formula behind the chain's continued success.

What Does "Fast Casual" Even Mean?

It's a $21-billion-per-year industry
Feb 4, 2015 10:30 am

Describing what fast casual is usually begins by what it is not: traditional fast food. It is perceived to be healthier. Or at least fresher. And by extension, we know something else it is not: cheap. We're talking $9 to $13 per ticket on average, compared to about $5 in an old-school fast-food joint. Beyond that, the definition gets a little fuzzy.

Smoked Pork Sausage With Hard Cider Sauce Recipe

Hard cider and sausage: a match made in heaven
Oct 2, 2014 12:00 pm
Photo: Christina Holmes

Every year, Food & Wine magazine releases a cookbook packed with the best recipes of the last 365 days. Hear that? Food & Wine. Best recipes of the year. Any page you turn to will sport a winner, but while Oktoberfest rages on, memorize this sausage recipe, make it for a crowd and celebrate the great fall festival with hard cider. And/or beer. 

The Next Generation Of Fast Food Tacos Will Be Open-Faced. Thanks, Instagram.

See Taco Bell's experimental spin-off, U.S. Taco
Oct 1, 2014 10:00 am

As fast-food sales continue their grim slide, the smarter chains are scrambling to better cater to today's discerning diner. Taco Bell, for instance, is experimenting with a new concept, U.S. Taco, which borrows heavily from the Chipotle playbook, focusing less on value and convenience and more on the actual food. Or, more precisely, better-looking food. The well-worn expression "feast your eyes" has never been more important. Find out why right here.

Burrito Chain Enlists Hackers To Hack A More Environmentally Friendly Burrito

Hack/Dining NYC has eye on sustainability
Jun 25, 2014 11:30 am

Innovation is on Chipotle's mind with this weekend’s Hack / Dining NYC Challenge, which the burrito giant is hosting in conjunction with Food + Tech Connect, Google and the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, to name a few. The event will be held June 27-29 at New York’s General Assembly and poses a big question: how can fast food restaurants waste less?

Chipotle's Scarecrow Short Film Wins Big At Cannes

A poignant short almost as satisfying as a burrito
Jun 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Congratulations, Chipotle! You've joined the ranks of Pulp Fiction and Apolcalypse Now! Okay, maybe their short film "The Scarecrow" didn't take home the coveted Palme d'Or award, but they did snag the top prize in the PR category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Monday. Burritos and high-fives after the jump.

Chipotle Would Prefer That You Leave Your Very Large Gun At Home

Easy with the uzi, friend. Chipotle's for lovers.
May 21, 2014 1:30 pm

They like their beef, pork and chicken naturally raised, and their high-powered rifles tucked well out of sight (if you please). They're Chipotle fans, and they're uncomfortable with the ginormous gun you just hauled into a fast-casual Mexican joint. BUT WAIT! There's a far more pressing burrito-related issue at hand: violated guacamole rights.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin With Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Go lean with a spicy glazed pork tenderloin recipe
Mar 18, 2014 12:00 pm

Tucson, Arizona's Miraval Resort is a rare haven where natural beauty and excellent cuisine meet. Their roasted pork tenderloin with sweet, tangy chipotle barbecue sauce strikes the rare balance between meaty perfection and a light, healthy meal.


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