James Beard Foundation 2011 Award Nominations

The James Beard Foundation Awards Committee announced an open call-for-entries for the 2011 James Beard Foundation. James Beard Foundation is the country’s pre-eminent culinary awareness organization. Nominations for the Restaurant and Chef Awards can be completed and submitted online at www.jamesbeard.org/awards as of noon EDT on October 15. Downloadable entry forms for the Book Awards, Journalism Awards, Broadcast Media Awards, and Design and Graphics Awards programs are also available. A special Publication of the Year Award has been added for 2011 to recognize excellence in one of the following platforms: magazine, newspaper, or website.

Restaurant Neighbor Award

Each year, the National Restaurant Association and American Express awards $5,000 each to four restaurants — one small business, one mid-size business, one large business/national chain and one Humanitarian of the year — through its Restaurant Neighbor Award, an awards program that recognizes outstanding community service efforts among our nation’s restaurants. The deadline to apply for the award is December 5th, 2011. To apply for the award or to nominate a restaurateur who is actively involved in his or her community, please contact Brandy Nielson at 402.488.3999, or apply online at http://restaurant.org/sustainability/rna/

EEOC Files Lawsuit against Texas Roadhouse

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Texas Roadhouse, a national, Kentucky-based restaurant chain, has engaged in a nationwide pattern or practice of age discrimination in hiring hourly, “front of the house” employees. The EEOC alleged that Texas Roadhouse has hired significantly few “front of the house” employees 40 or older in age. The Commission also alleged that Texas Roadhouse’s hiring officials have told older unsuccessful applicants across the nation that “there are younger people here who can grow with the company;” “you seem older to be applying for this job” and “do you think you would fit in?” Individuals who believe they may have been denied a position at Texas Roadhouse because of their age or who have any information that would be helpful to the EEOC’s suit against Texas Roadhouse should contact the EEOC toll free at (855) 556-1129 or by e-mail at texasroadhouse.lawsuit@eeoc.gov.

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