Restaurant chain in China apologizes for suggesting menu items based on customer weight

A Chinese food buffet. 

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A Chinese food buffet.
  • A chain restaurant in China apologized for weighing customers for food recommendations, CNN reported.

  • The popular Hunan chain Chuiyan Fried Beef asked customers to step on a scale to weigh themselves so that a guide could recommend dishes based on their weight. 

  • In efforts to build food security and reduce food waste, Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized that fostering “a social environment where waste is shameful and thriftiness is applaudable,” state-run media reported.

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A restaurant chain in China publicly apologized for weighing customers to give them menu recommendations before entering the restaurant, CNN reported.

Chulyan Fried Beef, a popular chain based in Hunan, asked customers to step on scales so that they could weigh themselves before entering the restaurant. Based

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An open-air tasting menu at Redbird, Shaq’s Wing Showdown and a new chef at Little Pine

Redbird at the Vibiana <span class="copyright">(Eric Laignel)</span>
Redbird at the Vibiana (Eric Laignel)

This week in dining news:

Balcony dining at Redbird

Redbird

Wing Showdown

Off the Menu and Uber Eats have launched Wing Showdown, a digital food event where celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg partner with restaurants to offer their own celebrity wing recipes. L.A. restaurants such as Alta, Honey Kettle Fried Chicken, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Slab will offering the wings for delivery via UberEats through August 2.

Little Pine’s New Chef

Little Pine, the Silver Lake vegan restaurant opened by musician and music producer Moby in 2015, will reopen under new owners with a new chef later this month. Roberto Martin, a former private chef employed by celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Taylor, will oversee a menu that features meatless takes on dishes such as picatta and flatbread pizza.

2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 741-8148, littlepinerestaurant.com

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