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The Daily Prep List: 10.07.21

Labor

U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fell More Than Expected Last Week

Bloomberg 10/7

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits retreated last week to the lowest in a month in a broad-based decline, pointing to ongoing improvement in the labor market. 

The Chefs Who Left

Eater 10/7

Whether you’ve dined at a restaurant or ordered delivery or takeout in the past year, you probably already know there’s a staffing shortage that’s impacted nearly every facet of the restaurant industry. 

Food Industry Policy

L.A. to require proof of COVID vaccination at indoor restaurants, salons, other venues

Los Angles Times 10/6

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a new ordinance that requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter indoor restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, hair and nail salons and many other indoor venues.

Want a ketchup packet at a restaurant? New California law means you’ll have to ask for it

The Sacramento Bee 10/5

You’ll have to ask for that ketchup packet now. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill into law prohibiting restaurants and other food facilities from providing single-use foodware accessories or condiments — such as forks or soy sauce packets — unless they are specifically requested by the customer.

On the Side

How Chez Panisse taught these hit East Bay restaurateurs the ‘Chez Way’

San Francisco Chronicle 10/7

Chez Panisse’s legacy lives on not only in that iconic Berkeley bungalow, but in a constellation of restaurants opened by the chefs who cooked their way through the dining room and upstairs cafe.

Is the Hard Seltzer Craze Worth Paying Attention To?

FSR Magazine Oct. 2021

The meteoric rise of hard seltzers has been undeniable. Five years ago, the burgeoning beverage category accounted for $41 million in total revenue, according to market research firm T4. Flash-forward to 2021 and the fizzy drink is estimated to bring in nearly $2.5 billion across all markets, representing an average growth of 128 percent year over year.

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