"There was no sleight of hand; each bite was cut open, pushed back together, then dropped on a table. The goal was to see moist white meat when it bounced." Inside the world of tabletop directing
- the people whose job it is to make food look delicious.
posted by mippy
on Oct 10, 2011 -
In November of 2009, the IWW set up shop in Minneapolis
. Similar to their Starbucks campaign
, organizers set up the Jimmy John's Workers Union
, and began attempting to unionize the employees of local franchises of the sandwich chain, "seeking a pay increase to above minimum wage, consistent scheduling and minimum shift lengths, regularly scheduled breaks, sick days, no-nonsense workers compensation for job-related injuries, an end to sexual harassment at work, and basic fairness on the job."
. When local franchise owners MikLin Enterprises refused to meet with employees, union organizers scheduled a National Labor Relations Board election
. As allegations of dirty tricks
came out, the union lost in a stunningly close vote
. The IWW pressed the NLRB to look into the alleged misconduct, and they did.
The earlier vote has been nullified as a part of a settlement between MikLin and the NLRB
. The union is resuming its push for official recognition.
posted by Subcommandante Cheese
on Jan 11, 2011 -
"The risk reduction associated with the daily consumption of most statins is more powerful than the risk increase caused by the daily extra fat intake associated with a 7-oz hamburger (Quarter Pounder®) with cheese and a small milkshake...Although no substitute for systematic lifestyle improvements, including
healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss, and smoking cessation, complimentary statin
packets would add, at little cost, 1 positive choice to a panoply of negative ones."
Is having free statin drugs
at the fast food counter by the napkins and ketchup packets a good idea? Some doctors think the idea has merit
(original paper .pdf
). Hmmm... maybe if they were minty flavored.
posted by cross_impact
on Aug 12, 2010 -
While US citizens know the Döner under its Greek name "gyros", Canadians refer to it as donair
. And in its country of birth, Germany, it is much more than late night drunk fodder: it is breakfast, lunch and solid dinner rollled into one. "The döner kebab trade may be worth 2.5 billion euros in Germany, but before last weekend, Germany's favorite fast food had never been honored with its own convention", reports Der Spiegel. " The star of the show? A remote-controlled döner robot." [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom
on Mar 31, 2010 -
Fancy Fast Food.
Fast food reconstructed into (something that looks like) fine cuisine. Recipes included, for those who dare.
posted by Silune
on Jul 14, 2009 -
My gut reaction was that the story--although a legitimate consumer complaint—seemed to reinforce a cultural stereotype about Black people and chicken. I know for a fact that no one on our staff meant for that to be the point of the story, but the fear that we would be accused of this sounded an alarm to me. It’s sad that I even had to worry about this.
Last week a couple of Popeye's restaurants in Rochester ran out of chicken. And local ABC affiliate WHAM decided to run a story
. Some people complained
, and WHAM responded
. Warning: Second link contains some idiocy.
posted by hifiparasol
on Apr 26, 2009 -
Think those salads at McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and Taco Bell are a good idea if you want something lighter? Turns out you're actually better off
getting a double cheeseburger instead. For more info on nutritional facts about fast food, CalorieKing
has a good database.
posted by cerebus19
on Jun 1, 2007 -
"Typically, fast-food workers who handle drive-through calls are multitasking, wearing headsets to take orders while filling drinks or bagging food. It's a high-pressure job and employees often are more concerned about rushing through orders than trying to sell more food or being polite to customers... The call-center employees
, who earn about $8.50 an hour, are trained to urge customers to add items to their order and are timed on how long each call takes."
posted by reklaw
on Nov 8, 2006 -
McDonald's: The Videogame
. A scathing critique of lousy corporate and environmental practices, or an entertainingly complex little game about the fast food industry? A little from column A, a little from column B. Torch diseased cows with the flamethrower, corrupt politicians and environmentalists, plant genetically modified soy in what used to be the rain forests of South America, force your employees to smile all the livelong day, and try not to bankrupt the company. Be sure to read the tutorial first. (Flash.)
posted by Gator
on Feb 10, 2006 -