Meet the Author: Behid the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman
March 5, 2013
Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Center
400 S State St
Chicago IL, 60605
'Sustainability is about contributing to a society that everybody benefits from, not just going organic because you don't want to die from cancer or have a difficult pregnancy. What is a sustainable restaurant? It's one in which as the restaurant grows, the people grow with it.'-from Behind the Kitchen Door
Celebrate the release of the new book examining the lives of restaurant workers, Behind the Kitchen Door, with author Saru Jayaraman.
6:00 P.M: Reading/Q & A
7:00 P.M: Book Signing
Sustainable food must include sustainable working conditions. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions—discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens—affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers' organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans. Join us for a book talk and screening of film portraits of the workers and employers profiled in the book produced by Danny Glover’s film company Louverture Films.
Saru is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, Saru co-founded ROC in New York.