Study Finds Miami Food Trucks Cleaner Than Restaurants

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Photo by Laine Doss
Stella Vidal Dansby and Stewart Dansby: food truck love.
Question: Which is a safer bet to eat -- a food truck taco or a burger at your local gastropub? If you're one of the people who think a brick-and-mortar restaurant would be cleaner and under more scrutiny by the state, think again.

Florida Watchdog.org has cited a recent study conducted by the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, that concludes food trucks are just as clean as restaurants. In the report "Street Eats, Safe Eats," the civil liberties law firm reviewed more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports of both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants in seven cities, including Miami.

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), "in every city examined -- Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. -- food trucks and carts did as well as or better than restaurants."

See also: Miami Fourth Best Food Truck City in America

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O Cinema and Seed Food & Wine Fest Present Fed Up Premiere Friday

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Screenshot from Fed Up
America's food system sucks and people are totally over it. In fact, they're Fed Up, an attitude epitomized by the new documentary of the same name.

The heralded documentary premieres at O Cinema Miami Shores this Friday, presented by Seed Food & Wine Festival, and will feature a post-flick Skype Q&A with director Stephanie Soechtig.

See also: Seed Food & Wine Fest: "We Want This to Be a Movement"

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25 Reasons Why It Sucks to Work in Food Service

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Photo by Guian Bolisay | CC
Go to college, they said. It will open doors, they said. But after stepping across the stage with that liberal arts degree in hand, you soon find yourself walking into food service serfdom because you have virtually no choice and need to pay the bills. You're serving food and drinks to people who more than likely have better careers than you.

Food service jobs are among the most abundant and easiest to get because they usually require no skills whatsoever except to follow orders. Unfortunately, the industry offers some of the worst jobs in a supposed civilized society. Yesterday, protests were staged around the world, including in Miami, over low wages in the industry.

See also: Worldwide Fast Food Strike to Hit Miami This Week: Employees Demand Better Wages

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MC Kitchen Is Miami's Power Lunch Hub

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Bill Wisser
Dena Marino is Miami's power lunch queen.
Mad Men has returned for the first part of its last season, and if you've been watching, you know that a great amount of wheeling and dealing takes place in restaurants.

That's not just fiction. Many business transactions take place in the restaurants of major cities, with the idea being that people are more apt to relax over some bourbon and a meal. Although the three-martini lunch has gone the way of the carrier pigeon (a shame, really), the power lunch is alive and well -- and thriving in Miami.

See also: Ten Reasons the Design District Is Miami's Best Dining Neighborhood

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Remembering Barry Alberts, Miami Wine Educator

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Laine Doss
Barry Alberts doing what he loved best.
If you've ever been to a winetasting or a pairing dinner in Miami, chances are you met local wine educator Barry Alberts.

Alberts died suddenly this past weekend. His daughter, Lexi, posted the news on Alberts' Facebook page Saturday, April 5. Alberts also had a son, Chad, who lives in Portland.

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IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

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Y-Shumin via Flickr
Want to make the meatballs?
It's coming! IKEA, the land of affordable assemble-it-yourself furniture, Swedish meatballs, and lingonberry soda is (finally) opening its first Miami-Dade location this summer. (No more schlepping to Sunrise for a twenty-buck end table and some frozen salmon!)

See also: IKEA to Open in Miami: Five Reasons for Foodies to Rejoice

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Chef's Roll, LinkedIn for the Culinary Crowd, Draws in Miami's Kitchen Talent

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Courtesy of Chef's Roll
There's no denying that the culinary world is its own wild, woolly trip down the rabbit hole. The kitchens of the world are a far cry from the corporate boardrooms, particularly when it comes to career paths. Ever read Kitchen Confidential? Yeahhhhhhhh, that.

So it makes major sense that chefs should have their own social network. Somehow, LinkedIn doesn't seem up to the task of showcasing a sous chef's epic au jus or highlighting a toque's talents with a blade. So for back of the house superstars, there's Chef's Roll.

See also: Fashion Blogger Pamela Wasabi Embarks on Vegan and Raw Foods Chef Career

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Giorgio Rapicavoli, Jose Mendin Are Food & Wine's People's Best Chef Nominees

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Hector Torres
Pubbelly's Jose Mendin is one of Food & Wine's best chefs.
Food & Wine's fourth-annual the People's Best New Chef nominees have been announced, and two Miami chefs are in the running.

Jose Mendin, director of culinary operations for the Pubbelly Restaurant Group, and Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef/partner of Eating House and the soon-to-open Taperia Raca, are among the 100 toques nominated for the award, which "honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer."

See also: Taperia Raca Opens Friday: Giorgio Rapicavoli Tells Us What to Expect

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Timon Balloo Big Winner at JWU's Zest Awards

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Laine Doss
JWU's Dean Ozga, Timon Balloo and daughter, and JWU North Miami campus president Loreen Chant at the Zest awards.
Miami's finest chefs and most enterprising restaurateurs gathered at Johnson & Wales University last evening for the third annual Zest Awards.

The awards, which were created in 2012 by the university to recognize leaders in the Miami culinary industry.

The awards were presented in six categories (Best Restaurant, Best Bar/Lounge, Culinary Innovator, Newcomer of the Year, Baking & Pastry Innovator and Reader's Choice Best Food Blogger).

See also: James Beard Finalists Announced: Miami Snubbed

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Miami Fast Food Workers: New Website Asks "Are You Robbed on the Job?"

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Low Pay is not OK
Protesters converge on a Miami McDonald's to demand better wages.
Fast food workers across America as getting tired of the vast difference between the salaries of the corporate bigwigs and their meager earnings. The difference, by the way, is astounding.

According to a Nerdwallet report, if broken down into an hourly wage, the CEO of McDonald's would earn $9,247 every 60 seconds. Compare that to the average hourly wage of an employee in his ranks, which is $7.73.

See also: Miami Fast-Food Workers to Protest at Miami McDonald's for Fair Wages

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