How The Restaurant Industry is Impacted by the Immigration Debate

How The Restaurant Industry is Impacted by the Immigration Debate

To say the immigration topic in the United States is complicated, is an understatement.

Most recently, the national conversation around the subject has been a heated one arising from President Donald Trump’s efforts to shut down the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects and provides benefits to Dreamers, people who were brought to the United States as undocumented children, under the premise that it was unconstitutional.

According to advocacy group New American Economy, out of this segment of the population, which amounts to 700,000 immigrants who are currently protected under the DACA program, almost 19 percent hold an occupation in the restaurant or food service sector, as reported by “CNBC.”

Based on census data from 2011 through 2015, New American Economy estimated that the top three occupations by DACA-eligible workers include cashiers (6.5 percent), waiters and waitresses (4.9 percent), and chefs and cooks (4.6 percent). The statistics from the report indicate that the hospitality industry would be the hardest hit if the program was to be no more.

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PepsiCo's Bubly Water to Steal A Piece of LaCroix's Market Share

PepsiCo's Bubly Water to Steal A Piece of LaCroix's Market Share

Earlier this month PepsiCo introduced a new brand of sparkling water that would rival LaCroix.

According to “The New York Times,” LaCroix is the sparkling water brand that has been around for years but it is not until recently it has “seen sales soar as it developed a near cult-like devotion among millennials.”

The new PepsiCo line, Bubly, comes in eight flavors, including grapefruitbubly, mangobubly, and limebubly. The cans feature a mix of pastel and bright colors to represent each flavor along with fun sayings on the can or greeting on the pull tabs.

PepsiCo expects Bubly will be able to rail in a slice of that market share that is currently dominated by LaCroix. In that effort, the brand will feature two ads during the Oscars broadcast on March 4.

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Adam Sachs No Longer With Saveur

Adam Sachs No Longer With Saveur

Saveur editor-in-chief Adam Sachs’s tenure at the food magazine is over. The magazine’s publisher, Bonnier Corporation, laid off 70 staff members at offices in California, New York, and Florida, Recode reported Wednesday.

Several worked at Saveur magazine including Saveur digital editor Dan Dao. After news of the layoffs broke, rumors quickly swirled that Sachs was no longer with the company. Sachs confirmed his departure to Grub Street over email but added that he could not comment beyond that.

According to the New York Times, Saveur is reducing its publication schedule to four issues a year. Its editorial department now consists of just six full-time employees.

The news was met with grim reactions, but on Twitter, editor Alex Testere reaffirmed that the magazine was not folding.

“The few of us left are obviously reeling a little bit from losing some of our closest friends and colleagues, but we still have faith that we’ll be able to make Saveur a beautiful quarterly magazine, and also keep up our original digital content,” Testere wrote to Grub Street the day after the news broke. “The layoffs are sad and unfortunate, but I’m personally looking forward to continuing to work with everyone in whatever capacity we can.”

Before taking the top position at Saveur after longtime editor James Oseland, Sachs had a long career as a writer covering food and other subjects. He wrote for publications including GQ, Bon Appétit, and Details, and has won several James Beard Foundation Awards. Sachs was brought on before Saveur’s digital relaunch in 2015.

“Saveur is special,” Sachs said to the New York Times. “I know there’s an audience for the kind of in-depth, smart reporting the magazine has always been known for. The challenge for anyone in this business now is, how do you package and sell the good stuff in a way that’s sustainable?”

Read more about Sachs’ career at Grub Street.

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Chef Charlie Hallowell Steps Down After 17 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct

Chef Charlie Hallowell Steps Down After 17 Women Accuse Him Of Sexual Misconduct
  • First John Besh, then Todd English, Mario Batali, then Ken Friedman. Now, Charlie Hallowell is the antagonist of the latest sexual harassment scandal in the restaurant industry.

  • Women, empowered to speak up, sought out justice when they denounced Chef Charlie Hallowell of sexual harassment.

Most recently, you may have seen celebrities share on their social media platforms posts referring to the Time’s Up movement. The open letter by 300 female professionals from the entertainment industry was in response to another open letter which was sent in solidarity with Hollywood actresses on behalf of 700,000 female farmworkers whom have also experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s a move towards fighting the “systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide,” reports “The New York Times.”

Sadly, sexual harassment cases continue to headline the news, especially in the restaurant industry.

After 17 former female employees came forward detailing years of sexual harassment and verbal abuse allegations in the workplace, Oakland Chef Charlie Hallowell decided to distance himself from his restaurant group, as reported by the “San Francisco Chronicle,” last week.

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Find out Why the Michelin Darling Grace Abruptly Closed This Week

Find out Why the Michelin Darling Grace Abruptly Closed This Week
  • Grace’s closure is an example of the complicated relationship of chef and restaurant owners.

  • Closure of Michelin darling, Grace, is a hard hit on Chicago’s restaurant scene.

After a five-year run, Grace, one of two of Chicago’s highest rated Michelin restaurants, has closed abruptly on Wednesday.

he drastic decision took place after head chef Curtis Duffy and general manager Michael Muser confirmed they were parting ways with the restaurant.

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