Tag Archives: San Francisco

Managers at Charlie Hallowell’s Restaurant Threaten to Quit Unless He Divests

Source: Grub Street NY

Employees at Charlie Hallowell’s Oakland restaurants warn of both mass resignations and a boycott if their disgraced chef-owner doesn’t step away entirely from the business. Just before New Year’s, Hallowell was accused of sexual harassment and abuse by 17 former employees, who compared working under him to being …

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After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct, Four Barrel Owners Say They’ll Turn the Business Over to Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

Days after the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a discrimination lawsuit against Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker, the owners have announced that they intend to give over ownership to employees. In a statement posted to Four Barrel’s website, co-owners Jodi Geren and Tal Mor say that Tooker relinquished …

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Four Barrel Coffee Owner Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

One of third-wave coffee’s biggest names has stepped down. Over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that eight former employees have accused Four Barrel founder Jeremy Tooker of various kinds of misconduct in a new lawsuit, from joking explicitly at work to forcibly groping workers at …

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Bay Area Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment by 17 Employees

Source: Grub Street NY

Charlie Hallowell, a restaurateur and chef in Oakland, has stepped aside at his restaurant group following a new San Francisco Chronicle story in which 17 former employees allege sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. The culture these women say pervaded his three well-regarded restaurants — Pizzaiolo,

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Michelle Obama Writes Exceptional Thank-You Note to Local Greek Restaurant

Source: Grub Street NY

A three-location fast-casual gyro chain in San Francisco, called Souvla, has a high-profile fan: Michelle Obama. In fact, she loves this place so much that she ordered it for a recent plane ride back to D.C., then afterwards wrote Souvla’s staff a very nice letter saying how much …

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Saltie Chef Says Running a Food-Hall Stand Was ‘Absolutely Soul-Crushing’

Source: Grub Street NY

During this decade, food halls have sprouted up like weeds in New York and other major cities around the country. Since 2010, New Yorkers have seen them fan out from midtown with the opening of, just to name a few, Gotham West Market and at the Ashland,

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Chef Dominique Crenn Will Deliver Food to California Wildfire Victims Today

Source: Grub Street NY

Fourteen wildfires have spread across eight Northern California counties, causing Governor Jerry Brown to issue an emergency proclamation and ask the federal government to declare a major disaster. The fires have caused more than 20,000 people to evacuate and destroyed upwards of 1,500 buildings, including many people’s homes. One resident …

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Federal Court Says San Francisco Can’t Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

Source: Grub Street NY

A federal court has killed San Francisco’s controversial soda-ad warning labels, ruling in a unanimous decision yesterday that forcing brands to put them on advertising violates the First Amendment. In their decision, judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals argued that free speech gives soda-makers the …

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Of Course Silicon Valley Got a $600-a-Head Wagyu Steakhouse

Source: Grub Street NY

Tech moguls in Silicon Valley now live a short driverless-car trip away from the world’s “ultimate Wagyu steak experience.” Hiroshi is the brainchild of chef-owner Hiroshi Kimura, who tells Business Insider that he surveyed the Bay Area restaurant scene on a trip from Hawaii in 2016, and decided …

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A Californian Is Making Pot-Infused Farm-to-Table Olive Oil

Source: Grub Street NY

People who claim olive oil has a low smoking point have … not been to San Francisco lately. Earlier this month, some Bay Area food entrepreneurs debuted a product they’re calling Pot d’Huile, an olive oil that gets you high. They call it the first such product on the …

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San Francisco Schools Ban Students From Drinking Chocolate Milk

Source: Grub Street NY

What’s “school lunch” if not greasy pizza that you blot with a napkin and a carton of sugary chocolate milk? Starting in the fall, students in San Francisco will be able to tell you: Flavored-milk privileges have been revoked by the district. The ban is effective in August for …

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Food Writer Rachel Khong Is ‘Probably 50 Percent Pho’

Source: Grub Street NY

In the coming months, Rachel Khong has not one but two books hitting stores — first, on April 4, All About Eggs, a collaboration with the editors of Lucky Peach (where she worked as the managing and then executive editor for five years); and then, in July,

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A New San Francisco Coffee Shop Is Staffed Entirely by Refugees

Source: Grub Street NY

This is a good reason to support a local coffee shop: 1951 Coffee Company is a Berkeley, California, café that opened earlier this year, and is staffed 100 percent by refugees. Started by Rachel Taber and Doug Hewitt, two former International Rescue Committee workers, the spot …

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McDonald’s Is Testing All Sorts of New Gourmet Food

Source: Grub Street NY

Never one to let past failures stand in the way, McDonald’s is spoiling hard again for the refined epicurean’s business. In fact, the chain has two new game plans this very week, one on each coast: A crab sandwich is being tested at a …

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Get Ready for the Robo-Barista Revolution

Source: Grub Street NY

The robot takeover of the food industry continues apace, as Hong Kong start-up Cafe X has opened the first United States location of its coffee-brewing barista-bot. In San Francisco’s Metreon mall, consumers can now get their coffee beverage of choice — like an eight-ounce latte for $2.95 …

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3-Michelin-Starred American Restaurant Now Serving Food on Actual iPads

Source: Grub Street NY

Eager to join those culinary visionaries responsible for broadening the definition of “restaurant plate” to include upside-down umbrellas and mousetraps, San Francisco’s highly acclaimed Quince is now serving food on a functional iPad. The restaurant just nabbed its third Michelin star this …

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3-Michelin-Starred American Restaurant Now Serving Food on Actual iPads

Source: Grub Street NY

Eager to join those culinary visionaries responsible for broadening the definition of “restaurant plate” to include upside-down umbrellas and mousetraps, San Francisco’s highly acclaimed Quince is now serving food on a functional iPad. The restaurant just nabbed its third Michelin star this …

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Voters Decisively Passed Soda Taxes in 4 More U.S. Cities

Source: Grub Street NY

One thing that won’t be great again in Donald Trump’s America? Soda, as voters made pretty clear yesterday: Sugary-beverage taxes passed by wide margins in three Bay Area cities — San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany — and Boulder, Colorado. That means despite

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Celeb Chef Michael Chiarello Was Arrested for Suspicion of DUI and Drug Possession

Source: Grub Street NY

California chef Michael Chiarello was taken into custody early Wednesday morning for suspicion of DUI and possessing a controlled substance. A Food Network host and former Top Chef Masters contestant, Chiarello was stopped by police while driving on Silverado Trail in Napa County in his 2015 Porsche Boxster. …

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Celeb Chef Michael Chiarello Was Arrested for Suspicion of DUI and Drug Possession

Source: Grub Street NY

California chef Michael Chiarello was taken into custody early Wednesday morning for suspicion of DUI and possessing a controlled substance. A Food Network host and former Top Chef Masters contestant, Chiarello was stopped by police while driving on Silverado Trail in Napa County in his 2015 Porsche Boxster. …

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Michael Bloomberg Has Reportedly Spent $18 Million Supporting a Soda Tax

Source: Grub Street NY

Popular opinion could very well tip in favor of taxing sugary drinks if voters in San Francisco and Oakland approve soda-tax ballot initiatives at the polls next Tuesday, and possibly nobody understands this better than Michael
Bloomberg
. With so much riding on whether these measures pass or fail, …

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A New Report Finds New York City Really Is Too Expensive for Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY

The common complaint among New York chefs and their colleagues is that costs — including rent, labor, and even ingredients — are out of control. Now, a new report by the New York Times largely confirms that, yes, the cost of running a restaurant in New York City …

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Tech Companies Are Ruining Silicon Valley’s Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY

Silicon Valley may be the world’s best place to make fake meat, but turns out it’s a really sorry one to run a normal restaurant right now. The Times took a long look at how inhospitable the Valley’s become for eateries that fall in …

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Report Finds San Francisco Massively Underpays Minority Restaurant Workers

Source: Grub Street NY

San Francisco has America’s most Michelin stars per capita and was the second city to pass a $15 minimum wage — two reasons it’s highly sought after by people in the restaurant industry. But a new report by the workers-advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Center could really rough up this glowing…More »

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San Francisco Restaurant’s Robots Will Crank Out 400 Burgers an Hour

Source: Grub Street NY

A few years back, a start-up called Momentum Machines bragged that it had disrupted fast food forever with a burger-flipping robot. The thing could allegedly crank out 400 sandwiches an hour and customize each to the creator’s liking. The idea — which sounded pretty fantastical at the time — was…More »

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