Industry News Roundup - September 12, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Food Arts closes, Restaurant Industry ranks top in poll, and Apple Pay partners announced; Each week we will share with you a recap of important topics in the press. Stay tuned to stay informed.
INDUSTRY & NATIONAL
Association of Food Journalists Announces 2014 Winners
First place awards include Sydney Brownstone of Mother Jones and Maryn McKenna of Modern Farmer who tied for for Best Non-Newspaper Food Feature. Alison Cook of the The Houston Chronicle won for Best Restaurant Criticism. Mother Jones' Food for Thought won for Best Food Blog and Emily Kaiser Thelin of the Washington Post won for Best Newspaper Food Feature (above 350,000 circulation) for her story "Paula Wolfert, Coping by Cooking." Best Newspaper Food Coverage Above 200,000 Circulation went to the Tampa Bay Times and the Best Newspaper Food Coverage 120,000 - 200,000 Circulation went to the San Antonio Express-News. The Best Newspaper Food Coverage, below 120,000 circulation was awarded to The News & Observer.
Why Food Arts Closing Is a Major Loss for People Who Love Restaurants
Much as Gourmet billed itself "the Magazine of Good Living," Food Arts was "at the Restaurant and Hotel Forefront." Ariane and Michael Batterberry — who founded Food & Wine in 1978 and grew it to a subscriber list of 250,000 within two years — began Food Arts 1988, and unlike its ad-filled peers, the trade publication quickly became a vital chronicle of what chefs were doing around the world in a pre-internet age.
Starbucks may lift workers' visible tattoo ban
USA Today 9/10
Not only is it taking a second look at tattoos, it's going over its entire dress code, says spokesman Zack Hutson. The company expects to announce a dress code update within the next few weeks, he says.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to require paid sick leave
LA Times 9/10
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in Los Angeles before signing a bill that will require California employers to provide paid sick leave starting in July 2015.
Restaurants rank as top industry, Gallup poll says
A majority of Americans have a favorable view of the restaurant business, according to a new Gallup poll. In fact, restaurants topped the list of business sectors and industries in this annual survey.
NEW YORK CITY
Council snubs biz community on credit-check ban
Business groups called on the City Council to exempt certain industries from its proposed ban on the use of credit checks of job applicants, but the legislation's sponsors were unmoved.
'Burg Starbucks Denied Liquor License for Being Sneaky
Starbucks went before Brooklyn's Community Board 1 last night, seeking liquor license approval for the next step of its Williamsburg invasion, but the board wasn't having it. Because the name Starbucks didn't appear on the request for a liquor license for the planned N 7th Street outpost, CB1 members decided that the company wasn't being transparent enough about it's true mega corporate identity.
TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
A Steakhouse Sued Yelp to Make It Identify a Malicious Reviewer
Back in July, Yelp user "Besfort S." seemingly had some sort of malicious motive when he or she warned prospective Sparks Steak House customers that he'd "personally spit my own saliva into dishes for the passed three weeks now," and smart diners might wanna "double check" their food because the venerated 50-year-old NYC institution actually "condones it to guests who give us attitudes." The outrageous lie — which Yelp soon deleted — "wrongfully defamed and libeled" Sparks, the restaurant's lawsuit argues.
Uber Partners With Chef José Andrés on Dining Deal
Everyone's favorite driver app Uber has teamed up with everyone's favorite Spanish chef José Andrés to offer special deals at his Washington, DC-area restaurants.
The Digital Wallet Revolution
NY Times 9/10
Apple’s digital wallet, if widely adopted, could usher in a new era of ease and convenience. But the really exciting part is the fast-emerging future that it points toward, in which virtual assets of all sorts — traditional currencies, but also Bitcoin, airline miles, cellphone minutes — are interchangeable, opening up enormous purchasing power for consumers and creating tough challenges for governments around the world.
Alcohol a missed opportunity at many fast-casual restaurants
Nation's Restaurant News 9/9
Although many fast-casual chains sell beer, wine and even cocktails, sales of those potentially profitable items range from sluggish to nonexistent.
The James Beard Foundation Launches its First App
The James Beard Foundation has launched its first-ever app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables. According to a press release (below), the app features step-by-step vegetable recipes that have been featured in the The James Beard Foundation's Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America's Outstanding Chef cookbook.
Apple Pay Partners with McDonald's, OpenTable in Quest for Mobile Payment Dominance
Today, Apple announced that iPhone 6 and Apple Watch owners will be able to use their devices to pay for meals at many restaurants. According to the Verge, the feature is called Apple Pay it and utilizes technology hilariously dubbed "the Secure Element," a chip that stores encrypted payment information.
(McDonald's, Subway named as initial Apple Pay partners, Panera, Starbucks, Chipotle to adopt Apple Pay)
The Instant Success of Olive Garden’s ‘All You Can Eat’ Pasta Cards Will Shatter Your Faith in Humanity
Unlike other trendy "endless" promotions, this one was confusingly limited — just seven too-short weeks of bottomless pasta, starting September 22, and there were a mere 1,000 cards, which have already sold out.
In Defense of Dessert
Pastry departments have been declining. They don’t make a profit. But that doesn’t mean we should get rid of them.
The Next Big Thing in Fancy Food
The Atlantic 9/5
High-end chefs are beginning to work with farmers to breed custom new creations for their kitchens.
Meet the New Nonprofit That Thinks Restaurants Can Help Save the Planet
Zero Foodprint is a non-profit, led by Ying, carbon emissions and footprint expert Peter Freed, and SF chef/restaurateur Anthony Myint.