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Scarlett Lindeman is a New York City-based journalist and PhD candidate. Her article, "How to Survive on Cook's Salary," paints a grim portrait of the lives of kitchen workers.
In 2011 Jonathan Gold wrote a column titled "10 Hand Rules for Tipping" in which he suggested that no matter the circumstance, diners should tip 20%. He reflects on the public's reaction to the column and examines why tipping is so ingrained in American restaurant culture.
Music: "Doesn't Sound that Bad in Spanish" by Mark Mothersbaugh
Bruno Katz is a partner as Wilson Elser, where he works with the California Restaurant Association in matters of tip compliance. He explains the conflicting laws around tip compliance in California.
In order to share tips with his kitchen staff, chef-owner Ari Taymor of Alma includes his cooks in the chain of service. We also hear from John Paluska, owner at Comal in Berkeley, where the minimum wage will climb to $11 per hour this October. Last year the restaurant moved to a service charge model and took the tip line off customer's checks. The move enabled Paluska to bridge the wage gap between front and back of the house employees.
Music: "Cool Cat Walk" by Angelo Badamenti & Kinny Landrum
In an article for LA Weekly, writer Gene Maddaus examines the proposed minimum wage hike in Los Angeles and its potential effect on the restaurant industry.
Music: "Treble Bass and Midrange" by AM60
Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning food writer for the LA Times. This week he reviews Empress Pavilion, a rekindled 600-seat dumpling house in Chinatown. He recommends the dim sum, fried chicken and stir-fried pea shoots.
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Music: "Super Conductor" by Beautiful Small Machines
In an article for Wired, staff writer Issie Lapowsky examines Maple, a new food-delivery service in New York City. So far Maple has 22 kitchen workers, 35 delivery people but no actual restaurant. It's part tech company and part food company and the venture is backed by David Chang and $22 million of investor capital. The business model could be a game changer for food delivery.
Music: "Make Her Mine by Mayer Hawthorne
Laura Avery is the market manager at the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. This week she talks to Damien Raquinio, co-owner of Golden State Papaya, the first commercial papaya farm in California.
Chef Jerry Su is shopping for stinging nettles this week. He uses them in a stinging nettle chimichurri at Eagle Rock Public House.
Music: "One Track Mind" by Mayer Hawthorne