Anyone in Portland can tell you that we've been experiencing a huge increase in restaurants and bars this year. What we sought to find out in this episode was whether that same increase has meant more opportunities and financial stability for food service workers—the people who form the backbone of our growing service economy.
In part one of our episode, our interviewees, graduate assistant Jamaal Green and professor Greg Schrock, speak to us about their recent study which attempts to answer that same question. The second part features a field trip our producer, Alan, took to one of the classes offered by the Portland Kitchen, a local nonprofit that teaches culinary vocational skills to low income and at-risk youth.
Links du jour
- Portland’s Food Economy: Trends and Contributions by Jamaal Green, Greg Schrock, and Jenny Liu
- Every Forthcoming Restaurant and Bar in Portland via Eater
- High-End Food, Low-Wage Labor via Dissent
- Mark Wahlberg’s burger chain, Wahlburgers, sued for alleged wage theft via USA Today