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The Daily Prep List 3.17.22


What a Surge in Union Organizing Means for Food and Farm Workers

Civil Eats 3/17

If all goes as they’ve planned, Alendra Harris and her co-workers at Starbucks in Superior, Colorado, will hold a union election this spring and then, soon after, negotiate a contract that includes higher wages, more comprehensive benefits, and better staff training programs, among other improvements.

Out of COVID, Starbucks Turns Focus to Wages, Efficiency, Sustainability

QSR Magazine 3/16

Starbucks’ above-the-fold news—CEO Kevin Johnson’s retirement after 13 years with the company, with founder Howard Schultz stepping up (in interim)—wasn’t the only revelation to come from the java giant Wednesday. During the company’s 30th annual meeting of shareholders, which took place virtually, Starbucks outlined employee investments, growth goals, equipment updates, and more initiatives across a wide-range of topics it plans to tackle as the industry emerges from the COVID crisis.

Food Industry Policy

Snapshots: Two Pandemic Years in the Bay Area

Eater SF 3/16

For most Californians, it’s a day that may not fade from memory, even with time. On that morning, gathered around televisions or hunched over computer screens attempting to absorb the news, myriad individual pandemic stories began to unspool — in countless ways and physical places, and also all at once. In the 24 months since, those stories have splintered and separated into incalculable experiences of fear and frustration and hope and joy.

Inflation Takes Bigger Bite Out of Restaurants’ Narrow Profits

NBC Bay Area 3/15

Prices at the pump aren’t the only thing going up. There’s a good chance your next dinner on the town is likely to cost you more as well.

On the Side

Here Are the 2022 James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef Finalists

Eater 3/16

Today, the James Beard Foundation announced its slate of finalists for its 2022 awards. This short list of nominees honors the year’s outstanding restaurants and chefs — the first such list since 2020.

Roseville gains 5 trendy restaurants under 1 roof at new food hall. Here’s what they’re serving

The Sacramento Bee 3/16

Five tastes of the Bay Area and greater Sacramento have landed under one roof in Roseville, where Local Kitchens micro-food hall opened Tuesday in the Highland Reserve Marketplace.

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