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Restaurant Employs Deaf Servers, Gives Them Access To Industry They Were Once Excluded From

August 5, 2014 Eleanor Goldberg 0

Typically, you wouldn’t want your food request to fall on deaf ears. But at Signs Restaurant in Toronto, you’d be lucky to get the chance.

Owner Anjan Manikumar opened his new spot last month to much fanfare, but it’s not just the cuisine that’s drawing crowds. The restaurant employs deaf waiters and waitresses, and diners have been eager to support the initiative which is giving members of the deaf community a chance to try their hand at an industry that once excluded them, CBC News reported. The restaurant is the first of its kind in Canada.

“They’re able to show their potential, they’re able to show how good they are, and I think they are very talented,” Manikumar, who isn’t deaf but knows sign language, told KLTV.

Pictures of the signs for certain words line the walls, and each menu demonstrates to diners how to order their meal by using just their hands.

In addition to giving deaf people more job opportunities, Signs also hopes to function as a meet-up spot for the deaf community and a place for hearing people to learn sign language, according to CBC.

Manikumar first dreamed up his experiment while he was working as a waiter and met a deaf diner whom he felt wasn’t getting the kind of service he deserved.

More than 200 people applied for positions at Signs and about 50 people were hired. The workers have little, if any, hospitality experience, CBC reported.

Some have never even had full-time jobs before.

This was the case for Mehdi Safavi who is grateful for the opportunity to work in such an encouraging environment.

“It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to be here,” Safavi said. “It’s a deaf environment where people can come in and experience our world and our culture, so it’s really amazing. It’s a challenge for me. But a great challenge.”

h/t: FaithIt

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Viral Potato Salad Kickstarter Campaign Turned Into Something Really Tasteful

August 4, 2014 Eleanor Goldberg 0

This update will likely get tongues to stop wagging and start watering.

The famed potato salad Kickstarter has pulled in more than $55,000, and some of the proceeds will help support people struggling with homelessness and hunger, campaign founder Zack Danger Brown posted on his site.

Ever since Brown’s modest fundraiser — which at first aimed to just raise $10 — went viral last month, critics across the web have been urging the founder to add a charitable component to his cause.

That “cause” initially aimed to collect a few bucks to enable Brown to buy the ingredients he needed to put a potato salad together.

Once funds started flooding in, Brown expanded his goal to throw a huge potato salad party in Columbus, Ohio, for all of his backers, now dubbed — PotatoStock 2014.

He also promised his supporters such perks as getting a themed T-shirt and receiving a “bite” of the side dish.

Brown seems to have also paid heed to those who urged him to try and find more meaningful ways to “spread humor and joy around the world.”

The campaign plans to contribute a “significant portion of the remaining money” to the Columbus Foundation, a group that assists individuals in dispensing donations. This particular initiative will create a fund to support Central Ohio’s nonprofits in their fight to end hunger and homelessness.

PotatoStock will also do its part.

All money made from selling concessions at the all-day event — which is scheduled for Sept. 27 — will be donated to the new fund.

“These types of funds gain interest every year and grow over time,” Brown wrote. “So, while our little Internet joke will one day be forgotten, the impact will be felt forever.”

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We’re So Spoiled That We Refuse To Buy ‘Ugly’ Produce. Here’s What One Store Is Doing

June 24, 2014 Eleanor Goldberg 0

Globally, we waste between 25 to 33 percent of food produced for consumption, a staggering figure that one French supermarket is combating with a digestible plan.

Intermarche, France’s third largest supermarket, was sick and tired of watching other stores discard perfectly good fruits and vegetables just because they didn’t look like perfect 10s.

“Everything that doesn’t fit into the norm, we toss,” one seller said in an interview.

So, Intermarche decided to give “makeunders” to the misshapen potatoes and oranges that usually don’t get a chance.

First, the chain purchased products that growers typically throw away. It then designated a section for said “inglorious fruits and vegetables” at its stores, which included such produce as the “grotesque apple” and “unfortunate clementine.” Each one was priced 30 percent cheaper than its prettier counterparts.

They were all perfectly fresh and healthful, they had just grown into, er, unusual shapes.

The experiment proved to be pretty fruitful.

Store traffic increased by 24 percent and the program reached 13 million people after one month. The only issue it ran into was getting sold out.

Now, that is pretty sweet.

h/t Right This Minute

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