Joe Yonan

Greetings, all, and welcome to today’s chat! I’m taking the baton from Bonnie, who is on vacation.

Hope you’re enjoying this week’s food coverage, including Tim’s expert explainer on the fast-casual phenomenon; Jim Shahin’s tutorial on getting smoke flavor into gas-grilled food; Tamar Haspel’s look at whether making produce cheaper might increase consumption of vegetables; Emily Horton’s ode to tomato gravy; Dave McIntyre’s tasting of Trump wines; and more.

Of course, we also have a heavy heart here as we look at the photos and videos coming out of Houston, where some of us have deep connections. Tim wrote about DC restaurants that are helping raise money to help people with food, shelter and other urgent needs after Hurricane Harvey.

We’ll have giveaway books for our favorite chatters today, as usual: “The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek” by Howard Markel and “15-Minute Vegan” by Katy Beskow.