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Together, they collect nearly $1.9billion through the earned income tax credit, $1billion in food stamps and $3.9billion through Medicaid and the Childrens Health Insurance Program, according to a report by economists at the University of California at Berkeleys Labor Center and the University of Illinois. More business news Lori Montgomery, Rosalind S. Helderman and William Branigin Bipartisan deal to end shutdown, extend borrowing is a major defeat for conservative wing of GOP. More business news Overall, the core fast-food workers are twice as likely to rely on public assistance than workers in other fields, said one of the reports, which examined nonmanagerial fast-food employees who work at least 11 hours a week and 27 weeks a year. Even among the 28 percent of fast-food workers who were on the job 40 hours a week, the report said, more than half relied on the federal safety net to get by. These statistics paint a picture of workers not being able to get their fair share of the largest, richest economy in the world, said Sylvia A. Allegretto, lead author of the report by the university economists, which was paid for by Fast Food Forward, a group that supports walkouts by fast-food workers. It is a good thing that we have these work supports, but they should be a last resort. Those workers are left to rely on the public safety net even though the nations seven largest publicly traded fast-food companies netted a combined $7.4billion in profits last year, while paying out $53million in salaries to their top executives and distributing $7.7billion to shareholders, according to the second report, by the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy group. Fast-food industry representatives disputed the findings. Their restaurants offer a valuable entry into the workforce for millions of people, they said, including the 40percent who are students. These misleading efforts use a very narrow lens and selective data to attack the industry for their own purposes, and fail to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees work part-time to supplement a family income, said Scott DeFife, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association. The inclusion of the earned income tax credit shows just how misleading these efforts are, as it is a tax credit specifically designed for working families, not public assistance, and is used to inflate their numbers. But many others are trying to support households, advocates said. They pointed to the growing activism among fast-food workers, poorly paid employees of federal contractors and other low-wage workers who for the past year have been calling a series of small but growing number of one-day strikes.

A Food Critic Shares His Best Tips For Dining At Fancy Restaurants

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We recently spoke with Andy Hayler , a food critic at Elite Traveler who has dined at every three-starred Michelin establishment on the planet. He broke down his top tips on everything from getting a reservation to how to behave. Making a Reservation Reservations vary dramatically at high-end restaurants. Some establishments will allow you to leisurely book a table months or years in advance, while others have a hectic call-in reservation system where you can only book two or three months in advance on a specific date. “You have to ring at 8:59 in the morning with your hand on the redial button and hope to get through,” Hayler said. “Just making a reservation at popular places like Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, or at restaurants in big cities like New York and London, takes logistical planning.” Look up a restaurant’s rules for reservations before calling (most will have them on their website). It’s also never a bad idea to follow the restaurant’s social media account since they willsometimes tweet or post to Facebook when there are open tables or when the reservation period is approaching. What To Wear Certain establishments do require men to wear a jacket and tie, so always check the website or call ahead to find out what the dress code is, if any. Otherwise, feel free to wear whatever makes you comfortable. “Places are not particularly formal. Some of them can be, of course the Paris restaurants are particularly smart. But you can go to a place like Sushi Saito [a three-star Michelin restaurant in a Tokyo car garage] and turn up in jeans.” Andy Hayler Ordering Food The more expensive restaurants will usually have what’s called a “prix fixe menu” which is a tasting menu that comes in a series of courses. You can also order “a la carte,” which just means choosing individual dishes. “Certain re staurants have signature dishes, and if you browse through blogs or guides you’ll get an idea of what the chefs are known for,” Hayler explains.

19 18TH CENTURY AUTUMN MARKET FAIR: Food, drinks, costumed interpreters and herbs and flowers for sale. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $6; $3 ages 3-12 and seniors; age 2 and younger free. Claude Moore Colonial Farm at Turkey Run, 6310 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 703-903-9330. www.1771.org . AUTUMN REGGAE AND WINE FESTIVAL: Reggae music, wine tastings, winery tours and food and craft vendors. Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $20; $15 designated drivers and ages 18-20; 17 and younger free. Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Rd., Mount Airy. 410-795-6432. www.linganorewines.com . BOOK SIGNING: Kathy Hunt discusses and signs copies of Fish Market. Copies of the book will be 20 percent off during the signing. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.