Kristen Hawley

Food / tech / wine / fun


How I Learned to Use Chopsticks


Eight years ago, I was a new college graduate on a date with a cute (older) boy. We were eating sushi. I was terrified — not of the fish, but of the…


Exclusive Restaurant + Tech Predictions for 2015

As we (and by we I mean every food journalist on the internet) look back at 2014, certain headlines in restaurant technology stand out…


Marathon Thoughts

What I learned from New York City 2014


My countdown to the 2014 New York City marathon lasted a full year. It involved long runs, short runs, hills, tracks, sprints, three pairs of shoes, a CrossFit Endurance coach, barbells, kettlebells, box jumps, three pairs of headphones, a large box of Orange Gu, red Gatorade, every Taylor Swift album, a serious…


Eight Restaurant+Technology Questions from MAD4

The Rene Redzepi-helmed MAD Symposium happened this week in Copenhagen and, as usual, didn’t disappoint. This year’s theme: What’s Cooking?

I don’t know that we got an answer to that question, but we certainly heard a lot of perspectives over two days of lectures. (We also watched Tatsuru Rai prepare soba in silence to…

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A collection of news, ideas, and trends at the intersection of chefs and restaurants + digital and social technology.


The Essential Chefs+Tech: June

All the best stuff that happened in the restaurant + technology space, June 2014 edition


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Technology and the Future of Dining Out


The practice of dining in restaurants is enjoyable. Eating is associated with social interactions, which means it’s fun. Eating a good meal makes…


The Essential Chefs+Tech, May 2014

All the best stuff that happened in the restaurant + technology space, May 2014 edition


(If you like this, you’ll love the weekly Chefs+Tech newsletter.)


Have We Reached Peak Food Delivery Startup?


Food + technology is quickly becoming the buzziest space in technology. The ubiquity of technology has affected the way we choose, order…


Chefs+Tech: Best of the Year

Top trends, ideas, and inventions in the niche-but-awesome chefs + technology space.


I started weekly Chefs+Tech newsletters in March 2013 as a way to highlight creativity and new ideas at the intersection of chefs and restaurants + digital and social technology. These are examples of the news and trends that shaped the best…


How Ann M. Martin Taught Me How to Write

The Baby-Sitters’ Club changed my life. 


During a recent visit to my childhood home, I started sifting through the…


Malaise and Dining in Paris

Observations from a San Francisco restaurant+tech nerd


France: so hot right now. Or, depending who you ask, so meh. There’s that…