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Question of the week: Would you still tip if you knew restaurateurs, rather than wait staff, pocketed your goodwill?
You’ve had a lovely meal at a restaurant. Everything went swimmingly: the food was fabulous, the ambience spot-on, the waiter/ess was courteous, knowledgeable, efficient, and endearing. So you leave a decent tip. But would you have done so if you knew the restaurateur was pocketing your goodwill, not the individual/s who served you? The Age had has shone a spotlight on the “big tip swindle”. But is it a swindle? And do restaurateurs have a legitimate right to divert tips into the cash register?
From restaurant empire to fire sale; the Becasse liquidation sell-off is underway.
Liquidators Ferrier Hodgson have cleaned out the fine diner’s wine cellar, unplugged the appliances and emptied the pantry. Everything — from Krug Champagne to packs of cheap plastic glasses — is being auctioned on GraysOnline.
When the virtual hammer falls at 9pm tonight the amount raised will make only a small dent in the $4.3 million that the North’s businesses — owned by celebrity chef Justin North and his wife Georgia – owed to over 200 creditors and 180 staff when they were placed into liquidation in July.
A bottle of Krug Clos-du-Mensil Blanc de Blancs (1998) and a bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Cru (2003) are currently vying for the top liquor sales spot having each attracted a bid of $709. They have attracted 61 bids and 100 bids respectively.
Other wine ‘lots’ in the bargain basement sell-off have attracted bids under $10. There are around 300 wine and Champagne ‘lots’ up for grabs.
A Fagor stainless steel commercial drinks fridge has so far attracted the highest bid of $869. Other catering equipment, including electric blenders to skillets and cake rings, cartons of Riedel glasses, assorted cookbooks and collections of gourmet produce are also being auctioned off.
A spokesman for Ferrier Hodgson said the liquidators were playing a “minor role” at this stage. “It’s some residual plant and equipment, it isn’t anything extensive in that online sale.” Read the full report here.
Damien Pignolet knows French food. In 1981 the fourth-generation Australian of French descent took over Claude’s restaurant in Woollahra, which epitomised French cuisine in Australia. Later he introduced possibly the first Parisian-style bistro to Sydney with Bistro Moncur.
When asked about traditional French food in Australia, Pignolet waxes lyrical about a fricassee of chicken at the original Bécasse, which opened a decade ago in Surry Hills. Read the full story here.
South Australia has a growing reputation as a gastronomic destination, with its coastline a treasure trove of deep sea delights. Think Cupid (baby) oysters straight from the sea, fresh Kinkawooka mussels, rock lobster, and sustainable Spencer Gulf king prawns. With the help of a sensory scientist the region has now set out to prove that its seafood tastes different — maybe even better — than that sourced anywhere else in the world. Read the full story here.