Announcing Our New Book: Forked!

September 28th, 2015 • by sian

Forked Cover FINAL_screenshotWhat happens when an author goes undercover at a popular “family-friendly” restaurant?

We find out in a new video released today announcing Forked: A New Standard For American Dining, the forthcoming book from Saru Jayaraman, the best-selling author of Behind The Kitchen Door and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United.

Watch the video here and share it with your friends and family!

We all love going out to eat at restaurants. Dining out means seeing friends and family; being served special, delicious food and drinks to commemorate a special moment like an anniversary or birthday; going out to eat, quite simply, is thoroughly enjoyable.

But how much do we know about the architects behind those special moments — the servers, hosts, bussers, cooks, and bartenders who are overseeing all aspects of preparing and serving your meal?

In a video released this morning, Saru sits down for a meal at Olive Garden and asks her server what it’s really like to work there. The startling answer is the foundation for Forked: A New Standard For American Dining (Oxford University Press) which will be released in February of 2016.

The book takes the reader on a cross-country tour from Mexican restaurants, to diners, to fancy steakhouses, translating ROC’s hugely popular National Diners Guide to Ethical Eating into stories and insights about the entrepreneurs that are moving the restaurant industry forward, forgoing business-as-usual and instead championing ‘high road’ policies like family-sustaining wages, common-sense benefits like paid sick days, and commitments to fair hiring and promotion policies.

Watch the video here


Announcing Diners United!

September 15th, 2015 • by sian

"white.png" DU logoAs the founding board we are pleased to announce the launch of Diners United, the consumer association of ROC United!

Formerly ‘The Welcome Table’, Diners United is the consumer association of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, mobilizing restaurant diners in support of livable wages and working conditions for the nation’s 11 million restaurant workers.

We’re the same consumer association but with a new name and a new logo as we continue to build and grow.

We are hard at work thinking about the many key roles diners can play across the country in helping to build a restaurant industry we can all be proud of.

We’re so glad you’re a part of this community and we look forward to an exciting year ahead!

Heather Cameron
Rochelle Lefkowitz
Judith Lubman
Anna O’Brien
Roxanne Richards
Sara Sanderson
Steve Silberstein

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Board Members Steve Silberstein and Sara Sanderson with ROC United Co-Director Saru Jayaraman. 



NYC Movie Night, July 7th!

July 1st, 2015 • by sian

This month come out for Back-to-Back…

Welcome Table Monthly Happy Hour and
Summer Movie Night (with popcorn!)

Tuesday, July 7th
COLORS Restaurant – 417 Lafayette Street

5:30 – 7pm
Monthly Happy Hour
Come out first Tuesdays for this fun, social, and informal monthly event. Want to learn more about The Welcome Table? Looking for ways to get involved? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other like minded people? The Welcome Table Happy Hour is your opportunity. It’s free and open to everyone. First drink free for Welcome Table Members!

Movie Screening of The Hand That Feeds!
The Hand That Feeds is the story of shy sandwich-maker Mahoma Lopez who sets out to end abusive conditions at a popular New York restaurant chain. The epic power struggle that ensues turns a single city block into a battlefield in America’snew wage wars.  A brilliant story about the power of an organized small group to change their own story.

And as if it couldn’t get any better, order dinner and turn COLORS into a dine-in movie theater! Come on Out!

Questions, Comments, Get Involved!  Contact Elspeth Gilmore at

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