Brian Sheehan dishes on what's hot and trending in the world of all things food and drink for Friday, November 18, 2016.
GrubHub CEO Tells Employees to Resign if They Agree With Trump’s Xenophobic Views, Leading to Service Boycott
Last week, the CEO and co-founder of GrubHub, Matt Maloney, sent a company-wide email to his employees with a statement about the recent election: If any employees agree with Donald Trump’s xenophobic views, they do not have a place at GrubHub. “I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can,” Maloney wrote in the email. This caused a stir on social media, with people taking to Twitter to call for a boycott of GrubHub services with the hashtag #boycottgrubhub trending, Fox Business reported. On Nov. 10, Maloney said in a press release that some statements in his post-election email have been misinterpreted. “I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump. I would never make such a demand,” he said. “To the contrary, the message of the email is that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace, and that we will stand up for our employees.”
Civilians Review Restaurants and Get Paid With the Atlis App
A new social network for food-lovers is on the rise with the Atlis app, which allows users to get paid for offering restaurant recommendations in New York City. The food tech start-up provides an online community to ask for recommendations for the best food spots in the neighborhood, and receive authentic referrals. Founders Nadav Eitan and Daniel Leon are paying users $5 through PayPal when successful referrals are made, Grub Street reported. The catch is that only the first person to make the recommendation will receive the cash reward. Yelp, which has the legal right to manipulate its listings, can deter users from specific restaurants with only one bad review. According to Grub Street, the Atlis app will have exclusively positive, shorter, and more direct reviews and recommendations.
Labatt Canadian Brewery Is Cutting Free Beer for Life from Retirement Perks
One of Canada’s two major breweries, Labatt, will do away with the retirement perk of free beer for life for retirees over the next two years. Tamar Nersesian, a spokeswoman for Labatt, said the free beer program for retirees began during the 1970s, The New York Times reported; however, the company’s labor agreements do not require it to continue to offer this amenity. “It’s certainly not the way it was in the past, when there was fanatical devotion to the brand and the company,” David Bridger, the president of the Service Employees International Union and chairman of the Canadian Brewery Council, said, according to The Times. “Today it’s just a job.” The decision to phase out the free beer program for retirees was made after Labatt compared its retirement benefits to those of other Canadian breweries, Charlie Angelakos, a spokesman for Labatt, wrote in an email.
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Constellation Spots Potential for Alcoholic Cannabis Drinks in the Future
Constellation Brands Inc., the company behind Corona beer and Svedka vodka, is considering capitalizing on the sweeps of legalized recreational marijuana across U.S. states with alcoholic cannabis drinks. “We’re looking at it,” Constellation CEO Rob Sands said in an interview, according to Bloomberg. “There are going to be alcoholic beverages that will also contain cannabis.” Sands sees an opportunity in the cannabis industry with the expected growth of more than eightfold in the next decade, Bloomberg reported. Although the use of recreational marijuana has been legalized in four new states recently, the plant is still illegal under federal law, which can pose as an issue for alcohol sellers that utilize the government for permits and licenses.
2017 New York Michelin Guide Released: Newcomer Aska Awarded a Rare Two Stars
Michelin released its New York Guide a couple of days ahead of schedule, and it contains a big surprise. Newcomer Aska, the Nordic tasting menu restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, received two stars just months after reopening in a new location. Receiving such a stellar rating is highly unusual for a newly opened restaurant. Michelin also called Aska “the best new restaurant in New York.” As for the rest of the red book, there were no changes to the Big Six, which all retained their three stars: Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Eleven Madison Park, Jean-Georges, Le Bernardin, Masa, and Per Se (which still merits three-star status despite having been downgraded by The New York Times and disappearing off the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year). The Michelin Guide for New York, featuring 77 of the most revered restaurants in New York, goes on sale this week.