Category: Community

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 »

Listening at the Hearing – 6/28/18

We spent the first two days of this week in court.  Usually that’s not a good thing but this was educational.  L’Oca d’Oro were set to be witnesses for the defense in the TX Association of Businesses attempt to get an injunction placed on the city’s Paid Sick Leave ordinance that was passed 7-2 in… Read more »

05.03.18 – Yonder Way Farm

Jason picked the egg up off the ground and handed it to me.  I was not going to let Matt, our CDC, be the only one to eat a raw egg yolk straight from the warm grass.  I cracked it with his knife, let the white ooze through my hand and popped the yolk in… Read more »

SXSW Cocktails

I am so impressed with where our cocktail program has gone and how whimsical it has become.  Eva Suter, our drinks guru, along with Elena Korsun, bartender of some repute, are just finishing up a slate of Olympics themed beverages inspired by curling and ski jumping arcana. Cocktails with torched orange and smoke elements to… Read more »

2/15/18 – Item 49!

City Council passed Texas’ first paid sick leave mandate last night 9-2.  While there were a great many restaurants and small businesses that testified in favor of the bill, there was some notable opposition to supplying employees with 6-8 paid sick days depending on the size of your business.  Frankly, I can’t believe this was… Read more »

2.6.18 – The Story of a Noodle

Food as homage has a deep tradition and the Italians, while not on the level of the French when it comes to naming every sauce, condiment or even vegetable cut after someone, are certainly not going to shy away from honoring Queen Margherita with a pizza or or restaurateur Alfredo di Lelio with a certain… Read more »