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Industry News Roundup - February 21, 2014

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Small businesses get grace period for paid sick leave implementation, GrubHub and Seamless started plans to go public, and Jubilee Conference was announced; Our team is on top of important news across the industry. Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.



NRA names new VP of member strategy, 2/20

The National Restaurant Association has named Thomas Wojno as its new vice president of member value and strategy.


Waiter Accidentally Discards His TipsForJesus Mega Tip, Eater 2/19

A Los Angeles waiter says he didn't cash a huge tip left to him by TipsForJesus and threw away the receipt because he thought it was a mistake.


IACP Announces 2014 Food Writing Finalists, Eater 2/18

The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the 2014 IACP Award Finalists. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Chicago on March 15 as part of IACP's 35th annual conference.


How state regulations continue to transform restaurant dining, 2/18

On Jan. 23, a Senate bill was passed in Maryland that mandates all commercial kitchens to have allergy awareness training.


Merchant and Financial Trade Associations Announce Cybersecurity Partnership, 2/13

While this forum will serve as an effective way for the industries to discuss areas of agreement, equally important, this forum will be a platform to discuss areas of disagreement and seek solutions.


101 Best Restaurants in America, DailyMeal 2/2014

New York restaurants account for 6 out of the top 10.


James Beard Foundation Announces 2014 Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists, GrubStreet 2/2014

The James Beard Foundation has released its very long list of restaurant and chef semifinalists. On March 18th, JBF will announce the finalists and final ceremony will take place on May 5th in NYC.


NRA Extreme Digital Makeover Campaign, 2/2014

The NRA is launched a members-only “Extreme Digital Makeover” campaign through March 14 to educate operators and suppliers on best practices regarding web presence, email marketing, text messaging and online ordering.



Businesses win small concessions in sick-leave bill, Crains 2/20

New York City businesses with between five and 19 employees will enjoy a six-month grace period before facing fines for violating an expanded paid-sick mandate set to pass the City Council.


Saviors for the Service Sector, Increasing the Tipped Minimum Wage, Huffington Post 2/18

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) claimed that the Democrat-controlled upper-chamber would refuse to omit provisions from proposed minimum wage legislation that would ignore helping tipped employees.  (NYSRA Quoted)



GrubHub Seamless quietly files for IPO, Crains 2/20

The online restaurant menu and takeout-ordering service has made a confidential filing for an initial public offering. The company was formed last year when GrubHub merged with rival Seamless.


A Big Week for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Hospitality News 2/19

Were this past week’s two announcements of large-scale rollouts of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations an anomaly or a trend?


Futuristic Dubai Restaurant Uses Touchscreen Tables and 'Chef Cams' , Eater 2/18

Ebony Interactive Restaurant has outfitted itself with tables that are also internet-surfing touchscreens, allowing customers to browse the menu (complete with photos), order, and watch their meal be prepared via a "Chef Cam" which shows video feed from the kitchen.


Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin, NPR 2/18

From restaurants to breweries, to even your and , the popular crypto currency has inched its way into the food industry, as more vendors consider it a valid form of payment.




Vote for Edible Manhattan’s Local Heroes for 2014, 2/20

Each year, Edible Communities its readers an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the dedication and work of our local heroes: the farmers, chefs, merchants, food artisans and nonprofit organizations that feed us.


Cherry Bombe Reveals Lineup for Jubilee Conference, Eater 2/18

The biannual food magazine Cherry Bombe has announced the lineup for their inaugural Jubilee conference happening in New York City this Spring.


Is Harlem ‘Good’ Now?, NY Times 2/15

Red Rooster Chef Marcus Samuelson shares his experiences running a business in Harlem.


New York Tries to Rid Its Sewers of FOG (Fat, Oil and Grease), NY Times 2/14

An expose that covers an overview of city and environmental impact of city wide fat, oil, and grease disposal issues.


Union Theological Seminary envisions the next top chef coming from its Food Lab in West Harlem, NY Daily News 2/13

Union Theological Seminary’s Food Lab is seeking a three-year grant for a first-of-its-kind training program that would give Harlemites the chance to learn the tricks of the cooking trade from big names in the game.


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