James Beard Foundation 2011 Award Nominations
The James Beard Foundation Awards Committee announced an open call-for-entries for the 2011 James Beard Foundation. James Beard Foundation is the country’s pre-eminent culinary awareness organization. Nominations for the Restaurant and Chef Awards can be completed and submitted online at www.jamesbeard.org/awards as of noon EDT on October 15.
Downloadable entry forms for the Book Awards, Journalism Awards, Broadcast Media Awards, and Design and Graphics Awards programs are also available. In addition, for the first time in the history of the Journalism Awards, judging will be based solely on content and not on the outlet. Name and format changes have also been made to the individual categories. A special Publication of the Year Award has been added for 2011 to recognize excellence in one of the following platforms: magazine, newspaper, or website.
Nebraska Restaurant Association, Restaurant Neighbor Award
Each year, the National Restaurant Association and American Express awards $5,000 each to four restaurants — one small business, one mid-size business, one large business/national chain and one Humanitarian of the year — through its Restaurant Neighbor Award, an awards program that recognizes outstanding community service efforts among our nation’s restaurants.
Participating state restaurant associations choose winners from their state to compete for the national award. Once chosen by the state association, all state winners receive a plaque to display in their restaurant and are profiled in a booklet of community service case studies.
The deadline to apply for the award is December 5th, 2011. To apply for the award or to nominate a restaurateur who is actively involved in his or her community, please contact Brandy Nielson at 402.488.3999, or apply online at http://restaurant.org/sustainability/rna/
EEOC Files Lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Texas Roadhouse, a national, Kentucky-based restaurant chain, has engaged in a nationwide pattern or practice of age discrimination in hiring hourly, “front of the house” employees.
The EEOC’s lawsuit, Civil Action No. 1:11-cv-11732-DJC, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleged that since at least 2007, Texas Roadhouse has been discriminating against a class of applicants for “front of the house” and other public, visible positions, such as servers, hosts, and bartenders, by failing to hire them because of their age, 40 years and older.
The EEOC alleged that Texas Roadhouse has hired significantly few “front of the house” employees 40 or older in age. In addition, Texas Roadhouse allegedly instructed its managers to hire younger job applicants. For example, Texas Roadhouse emphasized youth when training managers about hiring employees for its restaurants. All of the images of employees in its training and employment manuals are of young people.
Age discrimination violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The EEOC filed suit after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.
Individuals who believe they may have been denied a position at Texas Roadhouse because of their age or who have any information that would be helpful to the EEOC’s suit against Texas Roadhouse should contact the EEOC toll free at (855) 556-1129 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Omaha Steaks to Support Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Omaha Steaks announced a partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in support of their mission to end breast cancer forever. From October 2011 through September 2012, Omaha Steaks will donate 10% of the purchase price of selected steak combo packages to Susan G. Komen with a guaranteed minimum donation of $25,000.
Omaha Steaks will invite customers to participate in their “Raising the Steaks” campaign to help in the fight to save lives by purchasing one of several exclusive steak combo packages. The packages, which feature a wide assortment of gourmet items including Omaha Steaks filet mignons, top sirloins, burgers, pork chops and award-winning franks, will be offered at discounted prices throughout the year-long campaign. Ten percent of the purchase price of each package will be donated to Susan G. Komen.
Omaha Steaks Sponsors Tailgate 48 on the Big Ten Network
Omaha Steaks-The Official Sponsor of Tailgating, announced its sponsorship of Tailgate48, a new show premiering on the Big Ten Network (BTN) on Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m. ET. Each week, Tailgate 48will visit a different Big Ten school to profile their athletic program and highlight the fans, football traditions and the very best tailgates.
In each episode throughout the nine-week series, one tailgate party will be named the Omaha Steaks Official Tailgate Winner of the Week and the tailgate hosts will receive prizes including a $500 Omaha Steaks gift card, an official trophy and an assortment of tailgate items ranging from banners to grilling aprons, snacks and more. In addition to the weekly winner named on Tailgate 48, tailgaters nationwide will be invited to compete for the honor each week through a Facebook contest on facebook.com/omahasteaks. The winners of the online component of the Tailgate 48competition also will receive a $500 Omaha Steaks gift card and assorted tailgating items.
Ndamukong Suh, the defensive tackle from Detroit and NFL Rookie of the Year, continues in his role as the company’s tailgating spokesman, and is currently featured in the Omaha Steaks commercials airing on the BTN.
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