Do you really eat ethically? Author Saru Jayaraman challenges frequent restaurant-goers with that question in her newly released book, Behind the Kitchen Door. Jayaraman will be at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, from noon to 2 p.m., for a signing and book discussion.
Jayaraman, who launched the restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer questions about the workplace conditions of restaurant workers by following the lives of restaurant workers in Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
In a guest blog for the AFL-CIO, Jayaraman wrote:
People are eating out more than ever before—the average American adult eats out at least five times a week, significantly more than our parents or grandparents. This means that the impact of restaurant workers on our everyday lives—their role in nourishing our friends and families—is becoming increasingly important.
Now, while Americans have become more and more concerned with the quality of their food—organic, locally sourced, hormone-free, grass-fed—it appears as if the labor conditions of the workers who grow, transport, cook and serve that very food are not critical to enjoying a healthy and ethical meal.
815 16th St., N.W.
When: Feb. 20, 12 p.m.–2 p.m. EST
(Bring your lunch—beverages will be provided.)