Previously this blog had a news section before but there are not many truly interesting things happening in the industry every day.
Plus your respected chef (me!) had a full-time daytime job and it is hard to keep up with the news all the time. So I decided to make more of these short notes about stuff that made me excited the most. Here goes our first weekly digest.
1. California Bans Plastic Straws (like for real now!)
I didn’t notice it up until last week when my husband and I went out for dinner and I saw that my cocktail didn’t have a straw. After asking a bartender to give me one, he shrugged his shoulders and said: “they are about to become illegal in California”.
A new law means California full-service restaurants are no longer allowed to automatically distribute single-use plastic straws to customers.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the new law Thursday. It will go into effect next year and does not apply to fast food establishments.
2. Californian Home Cooks Will Have An Opportunity To Sell Their Homemade Food.
Another great law. Nice! I love living in California! First introduced to the California State Assembly in 2017, AB626 sought to legalize and regulate an already existing underground industry of home cooks selling dishes. “It decriminalizes a practice that has been going on for a long time and creates an economic empowerment opportunity for people who want to make a living from something they already do at home and enjoy doing,” bill sponsor State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia said.
To operate a home kitchen, the owner can be granted a permit by obtaining a food managers’ certification (the same standard for the restaurant industry), and have their kitchen inspected, and are subject to possible drop-in inspections in the future. Cooks can then sell food directly to consumers, but may not use delivery services or the post office to do so. Once income from a home kitchen business reaches $50,000, the operator must move to a commercial kitchen.
(source: Food and Wine)
3. Amazon May Open 3,000 Grocery Stores By 2021
Remember when the food news media got shook by the fact that Amazon opened up a cashier-less store right next to one of its offices. The store was only available to its employees. I even went there last year to check if it’s true (and it was!).
According to Bloomberg: “Amazon.com Inc. is considering a plan to open as many as 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores in the next few years, according to people familiar with matter, an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco trucks.”
That’s it for now! See you next week!