Posts for December 12, 2012

Man Laid Off From Pink-Slime-Producing Company Sues ABC, Jamie Oliver

Oliver.Photo: Getty Images

Back in September, South Dakota's Beef Products, Inc. sued ABC News for defamation, claiming investigative pieces on "pink slime" made by the company crushed demand for the product and forced BPI to close three-quarters of its plants and lay off more than 700 workers. Now one of those laid-off workers, Bruce Smith, is also suing a group of people including ABC News, anti-pink-slime-crusader Jamie Oliver, and school-lunch blogger Bettina Siegel (who says on her blog that she hasn't yet been served with the suit). Smith is seeking $70,000 damages, a number he tells the Daily Mail is low enough to keep the case from going to federal court: "I want the people I have sued. I want them here in the locality where the damage is done," he says. "And if that means not suing for everything I can, so be it." [Daily Mail UK, Earlier]

Income Disparity Between Fast-Food Workers and Executives Keeps Growing

Billions served, millions of employees screwed.

Bloomberg brings us a frown-inducing story today about the income disparity between fast-food workers — like one McDonald's employee in Chicago named Tyree Johnson who works at two restaurants, still can't get 40 hours a week, and makes $8.25 an hour despite having been a loyal employee for twenty years — and recent former CEO Jim Skinner, who made $8.75 million last year. As they point out, depressingly, it would take Tyree Johnson working a million hours, or a hundred years, to make what Skinner makes. Worse: That's totally indicative of the growing wage gap between the one-percenters and everyone else.

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At Long Last, the Sinclair Opens Tonight

After a few delays, the Sinclair music hall/restaurant officially opens this evening in Harvard Square, says the Phoenix. Their first show? Concrete Blonde. Michael Schlow oversees the kitchen; the restaurant seats 100. We're told that a limited menu will be available on show nights for the first few weeks and that the space will only be open on show nights for the first few weeks, too. The Phoenix calls the design "spectacular." [Phoenix]

Dum Dums: Soda and Candy ‘May Reduce Brain Function’

Put down those Christmas cookies immediately: New research from UCLA concludes that consuming soda, candy, and sugary snacks for just six weeks could render you dumb, reports CBS. Apparently, in addition to causing things like obesity and diabetes, fructose slows cognitive functions, altering the "brain's ability to learn and remember information." This sounds like something we might have expected after, say, five eggnogs. But now Coke and Tootsie pops, too?

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Will Climate Change Wipe Out the World’s Pasta?

Possibly, says Newsweek (a mag that probably knows a thing or two about being wiped out). In a way-long story called "The End of Pasta," this helpful bit of info appears: "Pasta is made from wheat, and a large, growing body of scientific studies and real-world observations suggest that wheat will be hit especially hard as temperatures rise and storms and drought intensify in the years ahead." Scary! But here's the thing: If climate change gets so bad that it destroys the world's wheat crop, spaghetti will be the least of our concerns, as we'll also be unable to produce things like, uh, bread. [Newsweek]

RIP Michael Mercogliano, Owner of Mike's Pastry

A rare moment without a line.Photo: Facebook/Mike's

Sad news today: Cannoli king Michael Mercogliano, owner of North End landmark Mike's Pastry, has passed away. Family posted this update on the shop's Facebook page yesterday: "It is with the deepest sadness and sorrow that we announce the death of the grandfather, father, husband, the Owner of Mikes Pastry, Mr.Michael Mercogliano. We will love and miss you everyday!"

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Slideshow: 10 Reasons to Love Lip-Smackin' Somerville

Smothered and covered at Doo Wee.

Yesterday news broke that spinach falafel queen Ana Sortun will open a new restaurant in Somerville— just the latest in a cascade of openings large and small. Ahead, ten reasons we've been supping in Somerville lately. What are your favorite haunts in the Fluff Capital of the World? Let us know if we're missing someplace great. We're hungry.

Grubstreet Sweeps

Recent reader reviews on MenuPages

  • Cookin' Cafe & Grill See the menu

    “Cookin is gooood!”

    I'm picky about meatball subs so when I say is good it's really good

  • The Pour House See the menu

    “Awsome food and drink”

    After spending all your hard earned dollars in the Pru enjoy a few cool one here before you take the T home.

  • Il Villaggio See the menu

    “Absolutely Amazing”

    Having worked at Olive Garden for 3 years I guess I never really knew what REAL Italian food tasted like.


Kara Baskin
NY Mag