Most Inspiring Food-Related Stories of 2017 from The Most Inspiring Food Stories of 2017 Slideshow
The Most Inspiring Food Stories of 2017 Slideshow
Most Inspiring Food-Related Stories of 2017
There’s no doubt there’s a lot of negativity out there, even in the food world. Chefs and workers have been maimed and even killed in tragic accidents, such as chef Allie Redshaw losing her hand in a meat grinder and Cynthia Tan Kian Hoon slipping on a knife and dying instantly in 2012.
However, with the bad comes the good. There have been plenty of heartfelt moments, from a family-run newspaper receiving a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on big agricultural companies to a former Skid Row heroin addict turning his life around by starting a multimillion-dollar juice company. The Daily Meal has reported on many inspirational food-related stories, but here are the top stories of 2017.
Chick-fil-A Employees Learn Sign Language to Celebrate Co-Worker’s Birthday
Chick-fil-A employees at the Cache Road location in Lawton, Oklahoma, learned sign language to help celebrate the birthday of their co-worker James, who is hearing impaired. To read the full story, click here.
A 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur With Down Syndrome Started a Cupcake Shop
Wisconsin middle schooler John Truel didn’t let his young age or Down syndrome get in the way of becoming an entrepreneur, as he co-owns a cupcake shop in Marshfield along with his mother. To read the full story, click here.
A College Football Player Who Befriended a Lonely Schoolkid Was Drafted by the Giants
Travis Rudolph, at the time a wide receiver for the Florida State University football team, made headlines in 2016 when he visited a middle school in Tallahassee and befriended Bo Paske, a boy with autism who typically spent lunches alone in the cafeteria. But the story doesn’t end there — a year later, Rudolph was drafted to the NFL. To read the full story, click here.
A Customer Gave a Waitress a $500 Tip to Help Fix Her Broken Hearing Aid
Keri Marie Carlson, a waitress at GW Carson’s in Branford, Connecticut, was the recipient of a generous tip when a customer, who asked to remain anonymous, gave her money to repair her hearing aids. To read the full story, click here.
A Customer Paid for a Popeyes Employee’s Nursing School Education
A retired Kansas City police officer, Donald Carter, raised money for Popeyes employee Shajuana Mays to help her achieve her dream of attending nursing school. To read the full story, click here.
A Departed Dad’s Lost Recipe for Fried Meat Made His Daughter a Multimillionaire
Hiroe Tanaka was struggling with her restaurant when she miraculously found her late father’s handwritten recipe for his signature meat skewers. Using the recipe, Tanaka opened up a shop that went viral, building her an $82 million business. To read the full story, click here.
A Grocery Store Worker Took a Lonely Widower Out to Dinner
Ellie Walker, a grocery store worker at Sainsbury’s in Leeds, England, treated one of her favorite customers to dinner over the holidays. To read the full story, click here.
An IHOP Waiter Was Offered a Job After Helping to Feed a Disabled Customer
After a photo of restaurant server Joe Thomas in Springfield, Illinois, went viral, he received job offers to become a nurse. To read the full story, click here.
A Man Spent $1,300 Buying Ice Cream for Every Single Customer at a Texas Shop
A man stopped by a small ice cream shop in Fort Worth, Texas, just to validate a parking ticket, but ended up spending three hours and $1,300 buying frozen treats for customers. To read the full story, click here.
A Little Girl Joined a Police Officer Eating Alone at Panera
Steven Dearth, a Hingham, Massachusetts, police offer, made an unlikely friend of four-year-old Lillian, who joined him while he was eating alone at Panera. To read the full story, click here.
Retirees Knitted Sweaters for Chickens to Help Them Produce More Eggs
A knitting club at a retirement home near Boston set out to keep chickens warm during the colder months with stylish and colorful sweaters. To read the full story, click here.
Anonymous Woman Pays for Firefighters’ $400 Denny’s Bill
Twenty-five firefighters, who had just spent the day putting out a brush fire in La Loma Hills, California, were treated to dinner by a generous woman who anonymously paid their $400 Denny’s bill. To read the full story, click here.
Donnie Wahlberg Leaves $2,000 Tip at Waffle House
Donnie Wahlberg, who is a huge fan of Waffle House and has been visiting the chain on nearly every stop of his New Kids on the Block tour, left a $2000 tip on an $82.60 bill for one very happy Waffle House server. To read the full story, click here.
A Man’s Love Notes Lead to the Most Romantic Proposal at an Airport Starbucks
After years of leaving love notes for each other to find at Starbucks all over the world, Austin Mann proposed to Esther Havens at a Starbucks in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where they’d first met years before. To read the full story, click here.
Chick-fil-A Employee Heroically Saves Colleague From Choking
High-schooler Andrew Myrant was on his lunch break from his shift at Chick-fil-A when he noticed his colleague choking. He quickly responded and administered the Heimlich maneuver, saving his co-worker’s life. To read the full story, click here.
John Legend Pays Off $5,000 in School Lunch Debt for 99 Seattle Schools
John Legend donated $5,000 to a GoFundMe page created to erase Seattle school district lunch debt after seeing the campaign on Twitter. To read the full story, click here.
Australian Grandmother Has the Time of Her Life Smashing Cake for Her 90th Birthday
A photographer captured her grandmother’s 90th birthday with a photo shoot of her wearing a tiara and delightfully destroying her red velvet birthday cake. To read the full story, click here.