catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Eating Out

vol. 6, num. 8 :: 2007.04.20 — 2007.05.04

Patrons flock to establishments that gain a good reputation for serving a great meal.  Taking into account the food, the cost, the craft and the spirit of the atmosphere, what makes a restaurant good?  What compels people in our cities and neighborhoods to open restaurants?



The ABCs of fake family dining

A family tours the alphabet by eating out.


A good restaurant

Memories and dreams inform criteria for what makes a restaurant good.


Late night thoughts on food as sacrament

On modeling Christ as a guest at the table.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

All reflections made with 100% fresh ground choice experience and served on a toasted bun.

You had me at tapas

A self-proclaimed food snob finds satisfaction in St. Louis.


Life’s bistro

A review of the film Avenue Montaigne.

In case you missed it the first time

Some say the Midwest is dying

A young couple mourns and celebrates the passing of time as they visit the small town of Hospers, Iowa.

Christians circle the Burger King's castle

Activists see action at fast food giant as a sacrament for an age of transnational injustice.

A drive-thru epidemic

A review of the film Fast Food Nation directed by Richard Linklater.

Weaving the web

Baghdad Café

A 2003 report on restaurants as living libraries of culture.


24 Hours at the Golden Apple

Audio signs of life at a 24-hour restaurant in Chicago.


Local Harvest

Search for restaurants serving local produce in your area or areas you plan to visit.


Hell's Kitchen

A review by Laura Brahm of Jim Crace's short story collection The Devil's Larder.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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