Woman Calls 911 After Pizzeria Refuses to Give Her Enough Sriracha


A woman at a Seattle pizzeria got into a dispute with the staff after they reportedly did not give her enough Srirarcha with her order. The customer called 911, and when the cops arrived at the scene, they found the woman and her husband outside the restaurant engaged in a melee with another fellow, who also threw a trash can at the window. According to the blotter, the woman “kept bringing up” the hot sauce issue while dealing with the police.

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Major NYC Restaurateur Ken Friedman Accused of Sexual Harassment


Ken Friedman, the restaurateur behind New York City restaurants the Spotted Pig, the Breslin, and others, has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, the New York Timesreports. Ten women have come forward to say Friedman subjected them to unwanted sexual advances, including public groping, lewd text messages, and daily unwanted touching. Some of the women also say they endured catcalls and gropes from Friedman’s friends while working at the Spotted Pig, the West Village gastropub known for its V.I.P. clientele.

Trump Is About to Make Tip-Pooling Legal Again, Here’s What That Means for Restaurant Workers


If  just-announced changes to Department of Labor regulations go past the proposal stage, employers will be able to pool tips earned by servers, allowing them to share the tips with untipped employees like cooks, dishwashers, and others in the back of house — if they share them at all.

The proposed changes, first announced in July, roll back the Obama administration’s 2011 regulations that expressly prohibited the distribution of tips to anyone other than the front-of-house staff who earned them. Backers argue it’s a regulation that could go a long way towards erasing income inequality between back and front of the house. Others say it’s a recipe for a host of evils, ranging from tip-pocketing by management to unsustainably high labor costs. All optimists and skeptics can seem to agree on is this: It’s complicated.

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Seedless Avocados Are Here to Keep You From Cutting Off Your Hands


Here’s a new item in the produce aisle for people who adore avocados but are terrified of slicing the fruit themselves: seedless avocados. The strange product, which looks more like a cucumber or zucchini, is being featured by British retail chain Marks & Spencer.

M&S claims this thing, officially known as a “cocktail avocado,” is 100 percent edible, skin and all. The name presumably comes from the fact that it’s much safer to consume after throwing back a few alcoholic beverages: No sharp knives are required to enjoy this delicacy.

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Leaders Establish Foodservice Consulting Firm


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Crystal Duncan, formerly Director of National Distribution Sales at Georgia Pacific and Sharon Cox formerly AVP of Carolina Health System have established Cox Duncan Network LLC (CDN), a consulting-execution firm based in Charlotte which provides for foodservice leaders and their distributors, a 360-degree perspective by leveraging our unique expertise in Food safety, Food management and Health & nutrition. We provide one-source for digital technology to train and retain staff, the Transition learning model to drive change and improve departmental outcomes, and food safety protocol to mitigate risks and meet HACCP and FSMA regulatory requirements.

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Mario Batali Steps Away From Restaurant Empire Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations


About 10 years ago, at the after-party for a wine auction in New Orleans, a woman in her 20s walked up to Mario Batali to introduce herself. As a chef, she was excited to meet one of the most revered figures in the restaurant industry. When they started talking, she recalls, she realized that he’d been drinking and he became what she characterized as “creepy” — “just giving me this provocative, icky feeling.”

Minutes into their conversation, she recalls, he told her, “Come work for me, I’ll pay you double what you’re making.” Moments later, someone bumped her glass, spilling wine all over her chest and down her scooped-neck shirt. She alleges that Batali began rubbing her breasts with his bare hands while saying something like, “Let me help you with that,” as he groped her chest. “He just went to town, and I was so shocked,” the chef says. “Jaw on the ground, I just stepped back from him in utter disgust and walked away.”

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I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor


One day, sitting in the shed I live in, I had a revelation: within the current climate of misinformation, and society’s willingness to believe it, maybe a fake restaurant is possible? Maybe it’s exactly the kind of place that could be a hit?

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