San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
“Soul Food Thought Leaders Series” presents:
Dinner & Book Signing
with Saru Jayaraman
author of Behind the Kitchen Door discussing:
“How does your favorite restaurant treat its workers?”
Wednesday January 15, 2014 • 6:30 pm
Location: Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Avenue NW
Washington DC 20009
Moderator: Imar Hutchins
Suggested Donation: $20 for Dinner OR $40 for Dinner + Autographed Book.
20% of dinner proceeds & ALL donations above suggested amount go to Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) United. If you cannot afford a ticket but would like to attend, please click "contact the organizer."
Saru challenges us to question whether a restaurant can really be “healthy” or “sustainable” if it is not those things for the people who work there. Please join us for an insightful presentation and Q&A with Saru and a delicious buffet dinner prepared by the Florida Avenue Grill.
"For all its talk of organic foods and sustainability, the restaurant industry pays little mind to the health and welfare of its own low-wage employees. In this persuasive volume, Jayaraman draws attention to servers, bussers, runners, cooks, and dishwashers across the country, ‘struggling to support themselves and their families under the shockingly exploitative conditions that exist behind most restaurant kitchen doors.' . . . Jayaraman champions employee causes and argues fervently against discrimination, giving restaurant owners, diners, and readers considerable food for thought."
— Publishers Weekly
“A must-read for anyone who eats at restaurants.”
— Danny Glover
When & Where
Florida Avenue Grill
Founded in 1944, the world-famous Florida Avenue Grill is the oldest soul food restaurant in the country. If you’re not already familiar with the Florida Avenue Grill, here’s what people have to say about it:
“The Capitol’s capital of soul food”, this “DC landmark”, a U Street Corridor “old-school diner” “lined with photos of famous African-Americans”, offers “super-cheap” Southern “comfort food” like “grits”, “half-smokes, cornbread, hash browns and down-home breakfast treats” “with a lot of flavor and even more fat”; so join “all of the local churchgoers in their Sunday best” for weekend brunch “served with a side of sweetness” by an “awesome staff.” - Zagat Guide
The Wilsons "opened the little restaurant in 1944 at the corner of Florida Avenue and 11th Street NW...[and] have been caring for movers and shakers ever since." - The New York Times
A "legendary D.C. greasy spoon whose walls are lined with the mugs of famous fans, [that] is known for doing soul food right." - The Washington Post