LA restaurants – Cucumber Chef http://cucumber-chef.org/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 11:39:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://cucumber-chef.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png LA restaurants – Cucumber Chef http://cucumber-chef.org/ 32 32 Ascension restaurant opens its doors to employees with special needs https://cucumber-chef.org/ascension-restaurant-opens-its-doors-to-employees-with-special-needs/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 01:01:00 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/ascension-restaurant-opens-its-doors-to-employees-with-special-needs/

PRAIRIEVILLE, La. (WAFB) – A restaurant owner is opening its doors to people with special needs seeking employment.

Staff shortages have been a major problem for businesses, especially restaurants. So, to help get his new restaurant off the ground, Urian Clements is giving people with special needs a chance. And for now, it pays off.

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“It’s always been a goal to employ people with special needs…and it’s worked out wonderfully,” Clements said.

Clements’ brother suffered from Down’s syndrome, so he always understood the additional hurdles in the lives of people with special needs.

“They are very proud of their work; they show up on time every day…you really can’t ask for better employees,” Clements continued.

It currently employs eight people with special needs who are functioning well, along with the rest of its staff. He said each of them is the life of the restaurant.

“You know, you might run over their pup in the morning, and they’ll still come to work with a smile on their face. It’s just their behavior,” Clements explained.

“It means the world to me beyond expectation because they are so nice they would do anything for us disabled. It’s the first job I’ve ever had…it’s a blessing that they’re doing this. And, we’re family here,” said Seth Whitney, who does the dishes for the restaurant.

“His confidence has grown by leaps and bounds, and his independence, his self-esteem…I really believe that now he believes in himself,” Seth’s mother, Phoebe Terry, said.

For Seth and other people with disabilities, a chance at a job is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I clean the tables as soon as the customers leave, that’s our thing. I make sure the place is clean and nice, that sort of thing,” said Spencer Decoteau, who hauls the tables.

Asked about his message to other people with disabilities, Spencer said: ‘Be stubborn, keep looking, keep being stubborn and keep looking. Because in the end, that’s all we could do. If we don’t become stubborn or adapt to our situation, then where would we be… that’s how we got here.

“Just keep your head up and stay motivated because sooner or later your life will get a lot better,” Seth said.

Urian Clements and his wife wanted to emphasize that their doors are always open to anyone willing to work hard. The only requirement is that you come with a positive attitude.

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Menu Pricing: How an LA Restaurant Balances Low Prices with Profits https://cucumber-chef.org/menu-pricing-how-an-la-restaurant-balances-low-prices-with-profits/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 14:16:00 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/menu-pricing-how-an-la-restaurant-balances-low-prices-with-profits/

We often assume we understand restaurant economics because we know what a chicken breast costs at the supermarket. “I could make this dish at home for $5,” the refrain goes. Could we? Here, Eater takes a look at all the costs of a popular restaurant dish to see what’s in it and the benefits that come with it.


Uyên Lê has profitable items on its menu at Bé Ù, such as its banh mi. But there are two main reasons why she has so far been willing to lose money in order to keep the $10.50 egg caramelized pork (thit heo kho) on the menu.

The first is that the founding principle of his restaurant, which is not quite a year old, is to provide jobs with decent wages: Lê has pledged to start all staff at $18/hour (the minimum wage in Los Angeles is $14.25/hr and living wage in Los Angeles is $16.25/hr). However, this puts its labor costs above average, and the understatement of its fixed costs – like equipment, maintenance – also affects this.

“Do you know the WAG method? I did a lot of market and retail analysis in my old life,” says Lê, who has a master’s degree in urban planning and worked at the UCLA Labor Center and an electricians’ union. “You look at the size of the retail operations in the geographic market, the square footage and the services, the amount of revenue generated per square foot. You have to enter all of these numbers, but you have to make assumptions in order to have some level of analysis. The WAG method is the Wild Ass Guess method and that’s kind of where I’m at right now. Although she wants the menu to remain affordable, Lê will soon have to balance her high fixed costs and labor with the prices she charges. “We’re trying to capture it a bit more.”

But the main reason Lê is willing to take a $3 hit on every dish sold is much more personal: Lê is dedicated to executing the cherished family dish and making it available to a restaurant audience. His version starts with the simple act of boiling and peeling hard-boiled eggs. They are then placed in a large pot with pork belly on top (to keep the eggs submerged and prevent them from drying out). The braising liquid, adapted from her mother’s recipe, calls for seasoning with fish sauce, the sweetness of Coco Rico coconut soda, hints of brown and amber color from caramel and coconut oil. annatto, as well as water, which simmers uncovered for more than four hours. The reduced liquid is thick – not as sticky as French jus and not as viscous as a Jamaican oxtail sauce – and the gooey pork belly is served with the egg and sauce over rice with scallions and pickled mustard greens. “Every Vietnamese family has a recipe for it,” says Lê, but as ubiquitous as this heo kho might be in home kitchens, Lê couldn’t find it in restaurants. So she did it herself.

“It’s the kind of thing people will eat and say, it took me back to my childhood,” Lê says. And it’s worth it.

Menu price: $10.50

Total restaurant cost: $13.51
Profit: -$3.01 (loss)

Food costs: $4.59

Red Boat fish sauce: $0.38
Caramel: $0.04
Annatto seed oil: $0.28
Coco Rico: $0.45
Pork belly: $2.63 (0.45 lbs)
Eggs: $0.45
Rice: $0.28
Green onions: $0.04
Marinated mustard leaves: $0.04

“The food cost of this dish is probably the highest of all my dishes,” says Lê, who aims to maintain an average food cost of 25%. comparable to menu price; the thit heo kho is at 43.71%.

Lê notes that ingredient prices have risen sharply, especially at wholesalers. “Wholesalers are quick to increase the cost of something by 50% overnight. So it was an increase, 20-30% in a lot of things, that I didn’t expect.

Despite unexpected supply chain issues that led to increased food costs, Lê was uncompromising on her choice of ingredients. A typical restaurant would buy whole pork belly (which would be cheaper). But wanting to maintain the fidelity of his mother’s dish, Lê insists on only getting the central cut of the belly. “We call it thit ba chi, which means three-thread meat. It creates that mouthfeel – it’s a quality control issue. And where other restaurants might save a premium brand to finish off a dish, Lê empties a bottle of Red Boat into the pot, which in LA costs twice the average price of fish sauce. Ditto for using annatto seed oil to infuse an amber tone to the broth. These two liquids alone add $0.64 to the food cost of each serving. But the dish is meant to be “a hug for your stomach and your soul”, says Lê. “So you have to do it that way to feel like that.”

Labor costs: $5.25

Lê is the first to admit that her menu is too labor intensive for a takeout restaurant. Combined with the payment of a living wage, this translates into a payroll that currently hovers around 50% of income. “I always assumed mine would be above the industry average,” she says, but it’s higher than she likes. “There will come a time very soon when I will increase my prices for certain dishes. That’s just the way it has to be.

Its goal is to reduce labor costs by 40% by helping staff become more efficient, while slightly increasing the prices of certain dishes to reflect the true cost of the restaurant’s cumbersome preparation. Raising prices is a last resort, and it goes against his desire to serve affordable food to residents of Virgil’s village. piece.

Fixed fee: $3.67

Although Lê has not compensated itself or reimbursed any of the initial investments in the purchase of the restaurant and equipment, the fixed costs of Bé Ù—the rent; Assurance; bank charges; garbage; dishwasher; Security; exterminator; hood cleaning; call; and Toast, his favorite online ordering software, are at the upper end of what’s generally advised (most restaurants I’ve reported on tend to operate between 18-30% fixed costs, versus 35 % for Lê here). “I probably assumed too low a cost for equipment and maintenance when I started, [and for] those other business disruption costs that arise when operating in a pandemic.

Third-party delivery and pick-up costs

“We don’t deliver because of the high margins,” says Lê. “We only offer takeout where you can order online through Toast, call or order at the window.”

profit or loss

At a menu price of $10.50, Bé Ù loses $3.01 on each order of caramelized pork with egg. “I wish it was a loss leader to bring people to the restaurant,” says Lê, “but it’s actually just an emotional connection to a dish that I want to share widely as if it were of a cultural ambassador.”

Not wanting to raise prices across the board, she’s considering paying on a sliding scale, perhaps keeping a few items, like vegan banh mi or popcorn chicken, at a fixed price. It is possible to selectively increase prices, keeping certain dishes, like this one, at a value that makes it more widely available. And once she’s a bit more stable, she plans to apply to accept EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer). “I grew up on food stamps. And I feel like it might help maintain some accessibility for people on fixed incomes.

Lê’s tried to figure out how to communicate to customers why she needed a price increase, after establishing the three pillars of her business as good food, good jobs and affordability (already three times the ambition of the most restaurants). “I still keep this foundation. But something has to give to figure out how to build a sustainable and resilient restaurant, so I can stay and achieve those goals.

Corey Mintz, a food journalist who focuses on working in restaurants, is the author of The Next Supper: The End of Restaurants as We Known Them and What’s Next (Public Affairs 2021)

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Atmore family relieved after 16-year-old suspect arrested in shooting death of young father https://cucumber-chef.org/atmore-family-relieved-after-16-year-old-suspect-arrested-in-shooting-death-of-young-father/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 18:23:41 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/atmore-family-relieved-after-16-year-old-suspect-arrested-in-shooting-death-of-young-father/

ATMORE, Alabama (WKRG) – Members of an Atmore family say they are ready for what could be a long road to justice. This week, Prichard police arrested a 16-year-old for allegedly killing a young father in the parking lot of a popular restaurant in September. For La’Craig Brown’s family, the text message they received from a Prichard police detective on Friday afternoon announcing the arrest – finally brought them some relief.

“Praising God, I couldn’t believe it,” said the victim’s mother, Kia Brown. Although the recent arrest does not bring their son back, family members say it is at least a little closer to justice.

“It will give us some kind of peace,” Brown said. The months since the shooting that claimed Brown’s life in the parking lot of Fry Daddy’s in September have been anything but peaceful.

“It hurts, it hurts to see your mother like this, and dad, it’s like a piece has been taken away from us,” the victim’s great aunt, Brettschneider Staples, said in describing the heartache of the family. It’s a pain shared by many in Atmore who miss La’Craig Brown.

The case, shrouded in a certain level of secrecy. While a warrant for the murder of a 16-year-old had been out for weeks, police were not allowed to release the name publicly due to a recently enacted law designed to protect the privacy of underage suspects. regardless of the alleged crime. Kia Brown fears the law will lengthen their wait for justice and wants it to change.

“They couldn’t say his name on the news, I didn’t know if he was in town or running, I thought it was going to be a long trip,” Brown said.

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Boston restaurants prepare for new COVID vaccine requirement – ​​CBS Boston https://cucumber-chef.org/boston-restaurants-prepare-for-new-covid-vaccine-requirement-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bcbs-boston/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:17:00 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/boston-restaurants-prepare-for-new-covid-vaccine-requirement-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bcbs-boston/

BOSTON (CBS) — Boston’s vaccination mandate begins Saturday, and anyone entering a Boston restaurant, bar or entertainment venue will need to present proof of at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This proof can be a CDC card, photo of the card, or the state’s new digital vaccine passport.

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Many restaurants around Boston and Cambridge already had their own vaccine requirements or started the city’s requirements a few weeks earlier.

Mayor Michelle Wu announced the “B Together” initiative, including a vaccine mandate, in hopes of combating the Omicron surge.

However, in Boston’s North End, the city’s oldest residential community, some restaurateurs believe checking vaccination status at the door will be an unwelcome departure from the usual “come all, come all” atmosphere.

“I’m getting tired of all this madness,” said Claudia Spagnuolo, whose family has owned La Famiglia Spagnuolo for decades. “Every day is a new thing, and it’s so out of control.”

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She has seen a lot of empty tables in recent weeks and fears this mandate will wipe out an already depleted clientele.

“People are going to want to eat and come in, and now I have to question them at the door. ‘Where’s your card? Where is your vaccination card? And they may have it, they may not have it, now it’s a door issue,” she said. “What country are we in to control people? »

Neighboring restaurant owner Massimo Tiberi isn’t thrilled that another COVID-19 rule is being added to the mix, but he’s cautiously hoping it won’t bother his clientele. He says this winter has been great for business.

“I’ll check the cards as they come in. You know, that’s what it is, another hurdle the restaurant industry has to navigate, but what are we going to do? We just have to do what we have to do,” he said.

Tiberi says he will personally check the cards at the door so as not to burden his staff with a potential conflict with customers.

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“I’m going to be the bad guy,” he said. “We will see how it goes tomorrow. It feels good today. We’ll see tomorrow.”

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Inside Hall 109, Secret Seafood Dinners at Koreatown’s Kobawoo https://cucumber-chef.org/inside-hall-109-secret-seafood-dinners-at-koreatowns-kobawoo/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 23:49:26 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/inside-hall-109-secret-seafood-dinners-at-koreatowns-kobawoo/

For the past few months, chef Brian Baik has been hosting quiet Monday night tasting menus at Kobawoo House in Koreatown, a dinner series he calls Corridor 109. The name refers to the now-closed Parisian restaurant Passage 53, and Kobawoo’s sequel number in the bustling Vermont Avenue strip is small, and it’s meant to merge two big parts of Baik’s story. That’s because Baik’s family founded Kobawoo over 30 years ago, becoming world famous for their pork bossam and other traditional Korean dishes. The other part of the name is based on Baik’s experience in New York’s finest restaurants, from Eleven Madison Park, Brooklyn Fare and Bouley to most recently Sushi Noz.

These dinners are a bit of a test and a way to get the attention of Baik, who had considered opening his own modern Korean restaurant in New York before deciding to relocate to Los Angeles during the pandemic. Early menus extolled the potential of Baik’s cuisine, with pristine seafood sourced from Japan and Korea, as well as complex dishes that he and only one other cook prepare in Kobawoo’s kitchen.

Tastings only take place on Mondays as that is the only time the busy Korean restaurant is closed during the week. Enter through the kitchen side door to see a sparse, dimly lit dining room filled with chairs and tables blocking the main entrance. At the moment, dinners can only seat eight people per night, although Baik says they will eventually have two seats, doubling the number of diners to 16 every Monday.

The meal begins with a minced spot prawn and caviar tartlet with pickled egg yolk, sweet onions, wasabi and citrus fruits, a wonderful appetizer that gives way to a Jeju Island fluke with uni in citrus jelly, ginger and shiso oil. The highlight of the introductory courses is the Hokkaido iwashi toast, a beautifully sliced ​​and lightly marinated Japanese sardine placed on top of a soft nigiri-sized piece of milk bread.

Brian Baik at Corridor 109, which takes place in the Kobawoo family restaurant.
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Appetizer of spotted prawns and caviar tartlet at Corridor 109.

Appetizer of spotted prawns and caviar tartlet at Corridor 109.
Matthew Kang

The dishes in between offer more of the seafood parade, Hokkaido scallop nestled in a rich spinach clam sauce and laced with herbaceous parsley oil. Yamaguchi red tuile fish swims amid a puddle of dashi anchovies, seaweed and turnips that would taste like a modern kaiseki meal while saba pesto pasta has a hint of grated ginger and white kelp marinated to gather the bright green spaghetti. The heavier carbs are a welcome course after a number of lighter dishes that came before it.

The final phase of the tasting begins with a bouillabaisse of rock fish and blue crab followed by an almost decadent Japanese abalone roasted, sliced, then placed over koshihikari risotto and black truffle. It ends with a single scoop of black tea ice cream. Overall, the experience is reminiscent of Benu’s early days in San Francisco, with polished French technique and playful precision using East Asian seafood as the main characters.

And there are certainly similarities to Providence and maybe N/Naka, although Baik’s style and minimalism are very much his own. For now, the menu seems to be more directly influenced by Baik’s time in New York, with more Japanese sashimi preparations and a streamlined presentation. Baik says he plans to make a version of his family’s famous bossam, though he admits that even with years of professional restaurant experience, he’s still unable to recreate the recipe exactly as his parents do.

As for the Korean character of the meal, Baik openly admits that it’s not really Korean food on the plate: “I try to incorporate Korean specialty ingredients whenever I can get them. And of course I have the influence of being Korean and growing up around [Kobawoo],” he says.

These first tastings of Corridor 109 are a window on the workshop period of a future gourmet restaurant. Baik has seen LA’s high-end scene rise in recent years, with the return of the Michelin guide and talented chefs coming to town to great acclaim. In terms of tasting menu locations, LA seems to be catching up with New York and San Francisco, with Baik seeing a lot of potential there with Kato, Hayato and N/Naka gaining worldwide recognition.

Jeju Island fluke with uni, citrus soy jelly and shiso oil on a ceramic plate.

Fluke from Jeju Island with uni, citrus soy jelly and shiso oil.

Hokkaido scallop with clam and spinach sauce and parsley oil.

Hokkaido scallop with clam and spinach sauce and parsley oil.
Matthew Kang

Corridor 109 also joins LA’s burgeoning Korean American scene, with Perilla, Shiku, Kinn, Hanchic, Tokki, Yangban Society and Majordomo developing a true LA perspective on modern Korean cuisine. And Baik is clearly interested in adding to the more refined foodie conversation than other young Asian American chefs like Mei Lin, Jon Yao, Zen Ong, Ki Kim, Nan Yimcharoen (from Kinkan), Minh Phan (from Phenakite) and Ryan Wong. (of Needle) have helped establish themselves in Los Angeles over the past few years.

Currently, dinners are held every Monday at Kobawoo. Check the restaurant’s Tock site for reservations. Normally the price is $150 per person, excluding tax and tip, with optional glasses of wine available for purchase. Dinner updates will also be posted on Instagram. With a solid resume, a historic K-Town location, and top-notch ingredients, Baik’s Corridor 109 adds something very compelling to the foodie world of Los Angeles.

Rock fish with blue crab stew in Corridor 109.

Rock fish with blue crab stew in Corridor 109.
Matthew Kang

Yamaguchi red tuile fish with dashi, seaweed and Tokyo turnips in hall 109.

Yamaguchi red tuile fish with dashi, seaweed and Tokyo turnips in hall 109.
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Saba with pesto spaghetti at Corridor 109.

Saba with spaghetti with pesto.
Matthew Kang

Ezo abalone risotto with koshihikari rice, black truffle, gamtae seaweed.

Ezo abalone risotto with koshihikari rice, black truffle, gamtae seaweed.
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Nicky Whelan and Frank Grillo spark reconciliation rumors as they kiss at restaurant in LA https://cucumber-chef.org/nicky-whelan-and-frank-grillo-spark-reconciliation-rumors-as-they-kiss-at-restaurant-in-la/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 05:49:20 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/nicky-whelan-and-frank-grillo-spark-reconciliation-rumors-as-they-kiss-at-restaurant-in-la/

Go back on? Nicky Whelan and Frank Grillo spark reconciliation rumors as they share a kiss outside an LA restaurant after declaring their relationship ‘over’










Nicky Whelan’s relationship with Frank Grillo came to an abrupt end when the American actor declared he was “single” last year.

But on Monday, it looked like the couple had reunited as they got together outside a popular LA restaurant.

The Australian actress, 40, was back in the 56-year-old action star’s arms as she sat outside the BOA Steakhouse restaurant in Beverly Hills.

Go back on? Nicky Whelan and Frank Grillo sparked reconciliation rumors as they approached and shared a kiss outside an LA restaurant on Monday after saying their relationship was “over.”

They seemed to be enjoying a fun and loving conversation while they waited for the valet to collect their car.

Nicky opted for a baggy bright orange turtleneck with wide leg jeans and her favorite Isabel Marant heeled sneakers for the date night.

Meanwhile, the Boss Level star kept warm in a blazer paired with a skinny scarf, camouflage pants and combat boots.

Back together?  The former Neighours star had his hand affectionately on her thigh as he pulled her closer to him, placing his arm around her

Back together? The former Neighours star had his hand affectionately on her thigh as he pulled her closer to him, placing his arm around her

The former Neighours star had his hand affectionately on her thigh as he pulled her closer to him, placing his arm around her.

The couple were later seen kissing at the valet.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted publicists and Frank and Nicky’s management for comment.

Makeup?  The couple were later seen kissing at the valet

Makeup? The couple were later seen kissing at the valet

Bikini babe: It comes after Nicky recently returned to Australia to celebrate Christmas with her family in her hometown of Mount Martha in Victoria.  She recently shared a photo of herself showing off her stunning figure in an electric blue bikini on a boat.

Bikini babe: It comes after Nicky recently returned to Australia to celebrate Christmas with her family in her hometown of Mount Martha in Victoria. She recently shared a photo of herself showing off her stunning figure in an electric blue bikini on a boat.

It comes after Nicky recently returned to Australia to celebrate Christmas with her family in her hometown of Mount Martha in Victoria.

She shared a photo of herself showing off her sensational figure in an electric blue bikini on a boat.

“Apparently it’s raining in LA – So Australia for the win!” she wrote in the caption of her message.

While at Down Under, she also posted photos of herself near their Christmas tree and her reunion with a friend.

Nicky’s return to Australia came after her split from actor Frank last year.

Grateful: While at Down Under, the former Neighbors actress shared photos of herself near their Christmas tree

Grateful: While at Down Under, the former Neighbors actress shared photos of herself near their Christmas tree

Split: In November, a photographer outside Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood asked Frank if he was dating the Australian actress, and he replied:

Split: In November, a photographer outside Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood asked Frank if he was dating the Australian actress, and he replied, “No, it’s over. I’m single,” Just Jared said at the time.Pictured, the couple in Locarno, Switzerland in August

In November, a photographer outside Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood asked him if he was dating the Australian actress, and he replied, “No, it’s over.” I’m single, ” Just Jared said at the time.

The New York native and Whelan were initially linked last year and were seen publicly in July 2020.

Whelan was previously married to former NFL player Kerry Rhodes in October 2017, but the couple separated six months after their marriage. She was also romantically linked to Canadian actor Kyle Schmid in 2019.

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COVID put a damper on New Year’s festivities? Here is a reprieve for restaurants and customers. https://cucumber-chef.org/covid-put-a-damper-on-new-years-festivities-here-is-a-reprieve-for-restaurants-and-customers/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 20:32:00 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/covid-put-a-damper-on-new-years-festivities-here-is-a-reprieve-for-restaurants-and-customers/

STATEN ISLAND, NY – Restaurants across the island have reported an impressive number of cancellations for New Years Eve reservations. In one of his administration’s first initiatives, Borough President Vito J. Fossella aims to mitigate the latest financial blow to the food industry with the announcement of ‘New Years Eve Part II’.

It is scheduled for Saturday January 29. Later this week, a more formal announcement will be made on the subject.

So far, Fossella has engaged the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce in this new effort to revitalize the local restaurant scene.

Diners who take a photo of their table and food and tag @sibpfossella, @sichamber and the restaurant on Instagram will be entered to win various prizes.

“We are trying to let everyone heal from COVID and let everyone know that if you missed your New Years Eve you have a second chance,” said Joe Fauci of La Fontana in Oakwood and sister restaurant. La Fontana Sorellena in Annadale.

Fauci added: “The BP is already looking for small businesses. He really listens to us.

Indeed, in a recent press release, the BP office acknowledged the plight of restaurateurs with a summary of the experiences felt throughout the borough on December 31. an excessive ordering of food, a loss of wages for the workers and an overall loss of income for their establishment. “

Jack LiGreci of The Staaten in West Brighton said: “We usually have 300, so we had half of them on New Years Eve.”

Fauci saw similar numbers. He said, “Half canceled – and I think I was one of the best.”

Osteria Santina co-owner Rocco Berardi stepped in and said: “The exact number I don’t know, but we had a big party that we canceled. I couldn’t go because I was sick.

He added, “The restaurant tables became intimate gatherings, which was good.”

Fauci said, “We look forward to a happy and healthy New Year to come.”

Pamela Silvestri is Editor-in-Chief of Advance Food. She can be reached at silvestri@siadvance.com.

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🌱 Pasta Plus Restaurant closed + Win tickets to the Super Bowl in LA https://cucumber-chef.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-pasta-plus-restaurant-closed-win-tickets-to-the-super-bowl-in-la/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:43:39 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-pasta-plus-restaurant-closed-win-tickets-to-the-super-bowl-in-la/

Hello, Laurel! Here’s everything you need to know to get a good start this Friday.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Become sunny; windy, colder. High: 30 Low: 15.


Here are the five best Laurel stories today:

  1. the American Red Cross and NFL team up for National Blood Donor Month by inviting football fans and blood donors to join their rescue team and help patients in need. In gratitude to the donors who help at a time when the Red Cross blood supply is at historically low levels, those who donate blood January 1-31 will automatically be entered to win two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California! (American Red Cross)
  2. Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that Maryland is opening 10 COVID-19 testing sites, some of which will be fully operational by the end of next week. the Laurel Medical Center to be one of the new COVID-19 testing sites. Governor Hogan said all sites will offer walk-in testing. (WBAL TV Baltimore)
  3. According to the Patch reporter Kristin Danley-Greiner, the annual Child Care Show will be held on Saturday February 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, located at 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel. Masks are compulsory. Free entry. (Laurel patch)
  4. Pasta Plus Restaurant and Market on Gorman Ave, a popular staple of Laurel closes its doors after nearly 40 years of service to the community. The owners announced on Wednesday that they had decided to close their doors. They did not say the reason for the closure. (WJLA)
  5. Kyle Elio Ripper, 24, of Laurel, pleaded guilty Jan.6 to seducing a minor. The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron, Special Agent James R. Mancuso of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of Baltimore and Sheriff Joseph Gamble of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office. Law enforcement discovered evidence that an adult male had sexual contact with a 14-year-old man. (Net Bay)

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Today in Laurier:

  • food Bank – Organized by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel (9am to 11am)
  • Ladies in small group—Participate in a discussion-style Bible study on the book of Jonah. Take advantage of communion time, snacks and prayer time. Contact Gena Persons for more information. This event will be hosted at the Christ Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Laurel. (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
  • French Beaded Wildflowers with Donna Dickt (Zoom Only) – Attend this event at Bead Soup in Laurel. (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • New Years Resolutions ZUMBATHON GLOW Party! – Visit Fitness Revolution in Laurel to PARTY with The Zumba Tribe Dance on this holiday weight! We’ll help you keep those New Year’s resolutions! (12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Boys JV and Varsity Basketball vs. College Park Academy (5:30 p.m.)
  • Girls’ basketball @ College Park Academy (5:30 p.m.)
  • TO LAUGH. Live comedy show – Every Saturday we showcase the best national and local comedies from HBO, SHOWTIME, NETFLIX, AXSTV, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Conan, Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, MTV, VH1 and FX, in the Nottinghams Event Hall in Columbia (Md.) at the Columbia Comedy Club. (10:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Town of Laurel – Government: The first snowstorm of the year was tough. It also offered a breathtaking view of the beauty all around us. Thank you Michael McLaughlin for sharing this photo of the snowy river with us. Beautiful! (Facebook)
  • Town of Laurel – Government: Mayor Craig A. Moe was present when Governor Hogan announced a car visit COVIDOpening of the -19 test site at UM Laurel medical center. Ten new centers will be offer rapid tests and PCR tests. (Facebook)
  • Town of Laurel – Government: Laurel Public Works will collect live Christmas trees for recycling on Wednesdays January 12, 19 and 26. You don’t have to call to request a tree pickup, but it is recommended that you do so to make sure your tree is not missed. (Facebook)
  • Next door neighbor, Maryland City West: Anyone in Maryland City who is able to help me finish shoveling my driveway and sidewalk? My husband has broken ribs and is unable to help. Will pay but don’t try to spend a lot. (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Stansfield Road: Does anybody missing a little beagle? He / she was just running in the Morningside stables at the Columbia Horse Center. (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Montpellier: Frozen tree on Muirkirk looking west near Old Muirkirk Road. Be careful. This section of road is not well scraped. (The door next door)
  • Sergeant Erika Monroe, Prince George County Police Department: Rresidents are requested to remove snow and ice from sidewalks abutting your property, as required by county code. Be a good neighbor and help those who are unable to clear snow themselves. (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Old Town Laurel: Does anyone have any suggestions for the good ski resorts near Laurel which also have tube slides? (The door next door)
  • Next door neighbor, Russett: Does anyone know of a good place to donate books? I have unused notebooks, sketchbooks, and reading books. (The door next door)

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An infamous heist revisited: how the crew got caught https://cucumber-chef.org/an-infamous-heist-revisited-how-the-crew-got-caught/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 13:30:15 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/an-infamous-heist-revisited-how-the-crew-got-caught/

Hello and welcome to Essential California bulletin. It’s Wednesday, January 5. My name is Justin Ray.

This is the third story in a series about the theft of Dunbar Armored 25 years ago. Here are the first and second installments.

The men behind the flight did not slip. They keep a low profile and avoid purchases that may raise suspicion.

Millions have been used to buy cars and houses. To elaborate on the latter, they used straw buyers to acquire at least 10 homes in foreclosed property public auctions. Some houses were rented while others were occupied by the families of the suspects.

A few hundred thousand dollars have been spent gambling in Las Vegas.

IRS agents would later trace around $ 2 million to a company set up by a man named Eugene Lamar Hill Jr., of Bellflower, and Thomas Lee Johnson, of Las Vegas, to launder the stolen money. Under the name Rain Forest, most of the money was used to purchase an incinerator that would have burned garbage without causing air pollution, and paid himself a salary totaling over $ 100,000.

Despite the daring theft, what ended up solving it wasn’t so exciting: An informant identified Hill as the person who rented a 14ft U-Haul truck a day before the heist and returned it one day. later. It didn’t help that when Hill was later arrested he had a stack of banknotes with the same wrappers of money they took on Dunbar’s robbery. Hill confessed and pointed authorities at the other suspects.

Each of the men has been charged with conspiracy to commit theft, using a firearm in a violent crime and obstructing interstate commerce. Johnson faced 24 other money laundering charges.

A row of Dunbar armored trucks in August 2017.

(TRIPPLAAR KRISTOFFER / SIPA / Sipa USA via AP)

During the trial, Pace testified in his own defense, claiming he was trapped by another defendant “because I was making fun of his wife”. Because, after all, a womanizer is not necessarily a thief.

The father of one of the men testified against his son. Erik Damon Boyd, of Buena Park, did not speak himself, but his father, Steve, said his son told him to launder about $ 177,000 in cash from drug trafficking, but her son later admitted it was from the Dunbar Armored depot. .

In my closing article, I reveal what happened to Allen Pace III, and the only lingering mystery about the crime. I will see you tomorrow!

And now, here’s what’s happening in California:

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THE STORIES

Most Affordable on The Times’ 101 Best Restaurants in LA List We recently unveiled our selections of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Well, we’ve followed that up with an abbreviated list of the cheapest restaurants on our compilation. Los Angeles Times

Katsu Sando pork from Katsu Sando from Chinatown.

Katsu Sando pork from Katsu Sando from Chinatown.

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POLICY AND GOVERNMENT

The Congressional Black Caucus said on Tuesday it was appointing an assistant to Vice President Kamala Harris as its new executive director. Vince Evans returns to Capitol Hill after nearly a year in the vice president’s office as Harris’ deputy director for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs. Evans is one of a series of staff departures from Harris’s office in recent months as she faces the high expectations and scrutiny that come with being vice president. Los Angeles Times

CRIME, COURTS AND POLICE

A $ 25 million verdict in a wrongful death lawsuit should raise awareness among drivers about sharing the road safely with cyclists, according to a lawyer in the civil case. A judge ordered the grand prize for the mother of cyclist Cristobal “Cris” Heitmann Montero of Redding. He was killed in a head-on collision with a motorcyclist. Richard Machado, then 28, of Cottonwood, was riding west on a 2001 Honda motorcycle in 2018 when he crossed the double yellow line on Heitmann Road, according to an accident report. In his criminal case, Machado made an indisputable plea in June 2020 to the offense of manslaughter in vehicle and driving without a valid motorcycle license. “This case, hopefully, really sends the message that the lives of cyclists matter and the lives of cyclists are valuable, and it’s really dangerous on the road,” said attorney Kyle Smith of the firm of Coopers LLP lawyers. Redding recording projector

For over a minute, a San Ramon police dog named Dexter gripped the arm of Egyptian immigrant and Uber driver Ali Badr. By this time, captured on dashboard and body camera footage obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, Badr was disarmed, barefoot, and not resisting. He suffered permanent and painful injuries during the incident. Badr was treated as a potential car thief that day in December 2020. The videos are evidence in a federal lawsuit Badr filed against the city of San Ramon last month. Police Chief Craig Stevens said in an email his department had conducted an internal investigation into Badr’s arrest, but declined to answer further questions. Chronicle of San Francisco

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Kelly Ernby, a political newcomer who ran for a seat in the Orange County State Assembly two years ago as a Republican, died this week from COVID-19. Los Angeles Times

The number of coronavirus-positive patients has increased dramatically in Southern California since Christmas – but some health officials note significant differences in how the latest wave is unfolding in hospitals compared to the devastating wave of l last winter. In Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, the number of coronavirus-positive patients has more than doubled in the past nine days. And in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, the daily hospital census has passed the peak seen during last summer’s peak. “The difference we’re seeing this year is largely due to the fact that we have more people who have been vaccinated and boosted,” the Department of Health Services wrote in a statement to The Times. Los Angeles Times

THE CULTURE OF CALIFORNIA

A Marine lieutenant colonel and sergeant will face disciplinary hearings this week, charged with failures that resulted in the deaths of eight Marines and a sailor off the coast of San Diego. Lt. Col. Michael Regner, the former commander of the 1/4 Battalion landing team, will face a commission of inquiry into the matter from this week. Separately, the anonymous former platoon sergeant of the Bravo Company platoon involved in the sinking will face an administrative separation board. On July 30, 2020, Marines training with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed the Coronado Amphibious Transport Ship in vehicles for training on San Clemente Island. The vehicles had mechanical problems on the spot, including the one that sank. A Marine Corps investigation found that Regner should have known that his unit’s amphibious assault vehicles were in poor condition and should not have operated in the ocean. San Diego Union-Tribune

The university duo encourage the public to embrace mutual aid. Manuel Pastor and Chris Benner are both professors and public policy experts. In their recently published co-authored book, “Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter,” they provide a framework for understanding why an economy based on solidarity rather than competition can benefit the vast majority. The book can be downloaded for free here. Capital & Main spoke to the duo about the creation of the work, the concept of economic mutuality and how we can redefine our ideas about growth and GDP. Capital and principal

“I like the effect of being stoned”: Learn how to roll a joint like a rock star with LA roots. David Crosby talks to The Times’ Adam Tschorn about cannabis cultivation, music, social media, and getting high. Los Angeles Times

David crosby

David Crosby.

(Los Angeles Times)

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ALMANAC OF CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles: Sunny 48 San Diego: Sunny 64 San Francisco: Cloudy 56 San José: Cloudy 59 Fresno: Covered 53 Sacramento: Covered 56. Find out what the University of California at San Diego has.

AND FINALLY

today Californian memory is of Frank Sheffield:

At the age of nine, our family lived in front of a monstrous orange grove in Santa Ana. One day, I came home from school to find that most of the trees had been pulled up by the roots, some ripe fruit still attached. My friends and I gave up our usual hobbies – BB gun wars in irrigation ditches – for orange bomb attacks. I used a hacksaw to cut the missiles, so they splashed more in direct hits. Even at that age, I wondered how anyone could destroy all these fruits without warning the neighbors to make a good harvest.

If you have a memory or a story about the Golden State, share it with us. (Please limit your story to 100 words.)

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Ontario Closes Schools, Indoor Restaurants and Gyms https://cucumber-chef.org/ontario-closes-schools-indoor-restaurants-and-gyms/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:32:47 +0000 https://cucumber-chef.org/ontario-closes-schools-indoor-restaurants-and-gyms/

TORONTO (AP) – All schools in Canada’s most populous province will be closed and switch to online learning due to a record number of coronavirus infections fueled by the ultra-contagious variant of omicron, the Premier of Ontario announced on Monday.

Premier Doug Ford also announced the closure of restaurants inside. Gyms and cinemas will also close and hospitals have also been asked to suspend all elective surgeries

Ontario has record new infections, and hospital capacity is cause for concern.

“I know that online learning is not ideal,” said Ford. “The point is, the omicron is spreading like wildfire.”

The reopening of schools has been delayed until at least January 17. Just last week, the government announced that schools would open on Wednesday.

Schools closed for classroom learning last April due to record cases caused by the delta variant. They had since resumed learning in class.

Ford said they expected a “tsunami” of cases and noted that only one percent of 100,000 new cases a day could overwhelm hospitals.

Retail stores will be limited to 50% of their capacity and indoor social gatherings will be limited to five people.

The new measures will begin on Wednesday.

“They had no choice,” said Dr. Andrew Morris, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Toronto and medical director of the antimicrobial stewardship program at the Sinai-University Health Network.

“It was going to be brutal one way or the other. Show me who doesn’t face these realities? Everywhere? ”He said.

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