Wellness Update 3.15

We missed Pi Day yesterday.  I guess there were some other things going on. Practically, we are being as diligent about cleaning as we always are.  Staff has been told they can stay home if they want to and we have expanded our Paid Leave benefits for those who have to stay home.  We’re promoting… Read more »

Some Virus Notes – 03.09.20

Now more than ever, I know why L’Oca d’Oro is fighting for the city to be allowed to implement the paid sick leave ordinance that L’Oca d’Or and many other businesses helped write. The public needs to know that workers in restaurants can afford to stay home when they are sick.  This can’t be left… Read more »

Good Work Austin Benefit 6.27.19

Happy Birthday L’Oca d’Oro. Below is the toast from our event last night: I want to thank all of you who came out tonight and I want to thank all the folks who contributed to the evening, the many donors to the silent auction, Banner distilling, Susto Mezcal & Goodnight Loving Vodka for making Eva… Read more »

Dan Barber and Washington’s Failure

“It’s not hard to see why organic food is expensive. Farmers have to price the organic carrots to reflect the cost of production in a world designed for them to fail. In the checkout aisle, we wince. A consensus is reached: Organic carrots are a noble idea but not a practical one to feed our… Read more »

SB 15 Testimony

We were lucky to participate in yesterday’s hearing before the State Affairs Committee. Below is my testimony which I hope starts to get at why this is not just an issue regarding paid sick leave but about business’ ethical responsibility and the role of city government. “Good morning Madam Chair Huffman and members of the… Read more »

The Goose Goes to Washington

Transcript of our testimony in Congress on the Raise the Wage Act, 2/13/19: Thank you members of Congress for your work on the Raise the Wage Act and for giving us an opportunity to tell our stories. My business partner and I opened L’Oca d’Oro, a full-service Italian restaurant in Austin, TX three years ago…. Read more »

Voices Of Impact 1.15.19

  A Fine Dining Frontrunner In The Fair Wage Fight with Adam Orman, Co-Founder of L’Oca d’Oro It feels appropriate to post this on the day that Congress introduced the Raise the Wage Act 2019.  It would eliminate the tipped minimum wage and slowly raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hr over the next five… Read more »

Yelp’s Criteria for Proper Criticism

Yelp today declined to take down a comment about L’Oca d’Oro  that used inappropriate language.  After complaining about undercooked pasta, the user wrote “fucking noodles man.”  This was Yelp’s reasoning: “We’ve decided not to remove the review after carefully assessing it against our Content Guidelines, but thank you for bringing it to our attention. We… Read more »

9/7/18 – Good Work Austin

I wrote previously about the group of businesses who had helped craft the Paid Sick Leave ordinance and our commitment to creating a new kind of business association, one who’s members were dedicated to their community and their employees.  We have come a long way towards formalizing this group and we are now called, Good… Read more »