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After lockdown, labor shortages and more, local restaurants must now navigate an unstable supply chain | Food News | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Native



After lockdown, labor shortages and more, local restaurants must now navigate an unstable supply chain |  Food News |  Spokane |  The Pacific Northwest Native

click to enlarge Breaüxdoo Bakery owner Gage Lang's supply costs have nearly doubled.  - YOUNG QUARK PHOTO

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Breaüxdoo Bakery owner Gage Lang’s delivery costs have nearly doubled.

CShortages on board, lagging ports, skyrocketing food prices — all of these factors and more have compounded at every stage of distribution, leading to one of the most widespread global supply chain disruptions in modern history.

This pandemic-induced woes are affecting businesses and consumers alike, but restaurants — an industry that has taken one hit after another over the past two years — are again facing major challenges.

Not being able to reliably source essential ingredients and supplies has gotten so bad for a local restaurant, MadLo’s Ramen House in Nine Mile Falls, that its owners decided to temporarily close last week.

“We run out of things very often and we are the last in the chain in terms of who gets what when we place our orders [from suppliers]said Megan Corns, who owns MadLo’s with husband Jeremy.

“We ran out of fresh, never dried ramen noodles and had to switch to udon noodles,” she continues, “which upset our community, but we couldn’t help it.”

Spring rolls, chicken, bao buns, to-go containers, and a host of other necessities were nearly impossible to find at the restaurant’s regular suppliers, so the corns instead spent hours a week driving around to restaurant outlets trying to find what they can’t get delivered.

“That takes up most of our time, looking for containers, boba straws, cups, chopsticks, and the sauces we buy,” Corns says.

She doesn’t know how long MadLo’s will be closed, but says it will likely be until the supply problems improve.

for other local food suppliers, these sourcing issues have not hit so hard, but the increased cost of goods has been felt universally.

At Breaüxdoo Bakery in Spokane Valley, owner Gage Lang says it’s been difficult to get the packaging the bakery needs to sell its cookies and pie slices via delivery and wholesale to grocers like My Fresh Basket, because of the higher prices and scarcity.

“We order our cake slice containers from New Jersey, and usually it’s a two-week delivery time, but now it’s a month and a half,” Lang says. “We now have to order them in bulk, but with increased prices and that longer lead. Last week we couldn’t get pizza boxes anywhere and I drove to six stores.”

Lang says a typical weekly order of bakery ingredients and supplies was once in the $1,400 to $1,600 range.

“Yesterday was $2,400, so it’s crazy, and they’re predicting the coming months will be even worse,” he says.

Although his company’s costs have nearly doubled, Lang hasn’t passed those increases on to customers yet.

“There’s zero percent profit — no money at all — and that’s just to stay open and pay every supplier,” he says. “I don’t want to sell a cookie for $4, but we don’t have a choice if we want to stay in the business. This is just to stay afloat, it’s not like anyone laughing their way to the bank.”

At Hogwash Whiskey Den in downtown Spokane, Chef CJ Callahan says the first major cost increase from the pandemic was for gloves, which went from about 8 cents per glove to 50 cents at its peak. Then garbage bags went up. Next up was cooking oil, going from $20 a unit of 35 pounds to $49. Short ribs went from $6 to $13 a pound.

“Dealing with people trying to explain why they have to pay an extra $1.50 for chicken wings — that’s no fun,” Callahan says. “Very few people give us trouble, but sometimes you get that one guy who says ‘I don’t want to pay this, it’s bullshit’, but it’s not our fault, it’s just how we work and we should we do to stay open.”

To balance out the exponential rises in costs for some items, such as the aforementioned chicken wings and short ribs, Callahan’s tried to spread price increases across the bar’s menu.

“We’ll just eat the cost once in a while, but we’ll also raise the price of something that’s lower to balance it out, because you want people to still come out, but you don’t want to hollow them out either. ”

Higher costs and scarcity have also forced Callahan and his team to get more creative with what they serve.

“For the short ribs, I took the meat out and put it in empanadas to spread the cost,” he says. “So for those kinds of things, you look on the bright side.”

Restaurants also team up to help each other find hard-to-find ingredients. Callahan recently needed fancy anchovies for a Caesar salad-inspired burger special at Hogwash, but the bar’s supplier couldn’t get them. Instead, he asked fellow chef Peter Froese of Gander & Ryegrass to order the anchovies, which Hogwash bought from Froese at cost.

Froese, meanwhile, says his restaurant’s regularly changing menu format has somewhat alleviated the stress of not being able to consistently find certain ingredients.

“There’s nothing major that we’ve had to take off the menu,” says Froese. “There are things that are hard to get, but you can get them eventually. You have to shuffle and be on your guard.”

However, some imported wines and specialty spirits from Europe were not available at all.

“We’ve been working on that for a long time,” he says. “If you get three cases and can keep it on the menu, that’s great, and if you can order more, that’s better, but you don’t get stuck on certain things.”

Ono sport on the supply chain over restaurants, local food service companies try to make up for the shortages for their customers as much as possible.

For Spokane’s URM, that meant encouraging its customers to also source from its two main competitors, US Foods and Sysco.

“While we used to be able to meet 100 percent of customers’ needs and were, for the most part, their only broad-based distributor, that’s now being challenged,” said Paul Steele, director of food service at URM. “We understand that customers have to do what they have to do.”

The reason for such severe shortages of food supplies, Steele says, comes down to labor.

“For most processors, it was COVID-related to begin with, and now it’s a labor situation,” he says. “They just can’t get work, or they have people six feet apart on a production line that used to be shoulder to shoulder. And the cost of transportation has increased two- to three-fold to get a load here from California to Spokane.”

Those transport setbacks also impacted Charlie’s Produce, which serves the entire West Coast, including Spokane.

“Product is a little different from other suppliers because we’re dealing with something that dies from the moment it’s harvested, so turnaround time has to be fast,” said Bo Bos, food service manager for Charlie’s Spokane warehouse.

While logistics are challenging for the fresh produce supplier, Bos says delays for non-perishable and frozen items have also led to more orders for fresh produce from some customers.

“I think I can just have a product, where a lot of… [suppliers] have a hard time and can’t get certain things because a truck is full – we don’t have to prioritize like that,” he says. “We can pick up at two or three locations, but it’s all on the same truck.”



Violent Crime Wave in LA, Jacqueline Avant Kills Result of Liberal Reforms: Critics




Violent Crime Wave in LA, Jacqueline Avant Kills Result of Liberal Reforms: Critics

A day after a career criminal was arrested in the fatal shooting of philanthropist Jacqueline Avant in the lavish Beverly Hills home she shared with her husband Clarence, a 90-year-old music producer who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, her family released a statement that read, in part, “Now let justice be done.”

But in Los Angeles, where left-wing lawmakers and activists have enacted a litany of progressive reforms that help violent criminals spend less time behind bars, justice isn’t just fleeting — it’s twisted, critics say.

“It’s not visible here,” LAPD-det said. Jamie McBride, a director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a police union. “Burken are being released faster than we can finish the paperwork, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

The Avants — whose daughter Nicole is a former ambassador to the Bahamas and married to Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos — have lived comfortably for decades in their sprawling 4,000-square-foot, $7 million home in the upscale Trousdale Estates neighborhood, said friends.

A security guard stands outside a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles, where police say a group of thieves smashed windows of the department store on Nov. 23.
A security guard stands outside a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles, where police say a group of thieves smashed windows of the department store on Nov. 23.
AP / Eugene Garcia

But the elderly couple’s quiet life was turned upside down around 2:23 a.m. Wednesday when police said career criminal Aariel Maynor broke into their home and fatally shot Jacqueline Avant, 81. Clarence Avant was at home but was not injured.

The couple also employed a security guard, who was shot at by the suspect but not injured in any way, according to Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook.

The Avants hired the guard to protect them from a different type of LA invader — fans of the recent Netflix documentary about Avant called the “Black Godfather” who passed by the house uninvited, he said.

Music Executive Clarence Avant and his wife Jacqueline Avant attend a ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jacqueline Avant was recently murdered in her home by career criminal Aariel Maynor.
Getty Images / Matt Winkelmeyer

The alleged Avant killer was arrested Thursday in the murder of Jacqueline Avant after he was caught in another botched robbery in nearby Hollywood, shooting himself in the foot.

Maynor, who is currently under armed guard in hospital, was violating his parole at the time of his arrest and “it didn’t sound like he was reporting to his parole officer at all,” Stainbrook said. Police say he will be charged Monday.

The 29-year-old was no stranger to the criminal justice system, data shows. In 2013, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, he was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree robbery and bodily harm.

And he recently served a four-year sentence for second-degree robbery with improvements for a previous offense and was released on parole on September 1.

Man handcuffed to stretcher.
Aariel Maynor, who was charged with the murder of Jacqueline Avant, was caught nearby about an hour after the shooting.

“With this man’s history, with his previous prison terms, he should definitely still have been in prison,” McBride said. He should have been given a longer sentence. For his criminal record and the violent crimes he has been involved in, he should never have been offered a plea deal.”

Police still don’t know if anything was taken from the Avant home, authorities said. The suspect then drove to a house in Hollywood home to a father and his 17-year-old daughter, Stainbrook said.

The suspect allegedly took things from the house before shooting himself in the foot in the backyard, prompting someone to call the police, Stainbrook added.

EXCLUSIVE: Crime scene photos of broken window and detectives at the home of the murder of Clarence Avant's wife.
Broken glass seen outside the Avants’ home after the shooting.

Stainbrook, McBride and others say liberal justice reform policies, spurred by groups like Black Lives Matter and California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, have made it increasingly difficult for police to do their jobs.

“The criminals know they can do whatever they want,” Stainbrook told The Post. “Then multiply that by all the inmates who have been released from prison because of the coronavirus and bail and it’s a nightmare and very frustrating on our part of it.”

Many blame the recent spike in crime across the state, including a spate of looting, on criminal justice reforms, including Proposition 47, a 2014 law designed to keep non-violent criminals out of overcrowded prisons. and treat low-level criminals with more compassion. The law doubled the amount a suspect could steal to be considered a felony from $450 to $950.

Police tape blocks the intersection of Mayor Place and Barrie Drive in the Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills.
“It’s not visible here,” LAPD-det said. Jamie McBride. “Burken are being released faster than we can finish the paperwork, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”
AP / Chris Pizzello

Activist groups, along with celebrities such as Brad Pitt, John Legend and Jay Z, famously supported the reform, arguing that African Americans had been unfairly targeted for years and that the measure would help the state save tens of millions in incarceration costs for small children. criminals.

The reform was backed by Newsom, then-Lieutenant Governor of California, along with LA Attorney General George Gascon, and other Democrats.

“Proposition 47 has supported criminals because they know that if they are caught stealing, the consequences will be minimal,” said Mark Powell, a former reserve police officer in San Diego, in a recent op-ed in the San Diego times.

McBride said in recent weeks he has caught many suspects entering the prices of stolen items into their phone calculators to pay no more than $950 for a one-time robbery.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks outside the Los Angeles Police Department.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks outside the Los Angeles Police Department.
AP / Jae C. Hong

“You can essentially walk into a store here, grab up to $1,000 worth of items, walk out, get a ticket and be released,” Stainbrook said. “We keep arresting the same people.”

Last year’s election of 40-year-old top agent Gascon, 67, to the position of LA District Attorney was the icing on the cake, some say. Like the prosecutors elected in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Fairfax County, Virginia in recent years, Gascon was backed in part by left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Cuban-born Gascon, who moved to the US with his family in 1967, delivered a inaugural address in December 2020, in which he sounded more like a social justice activist than a law enforcement officer.

“Our rush to incarcerate generations of children of color,” he said in his speech, “has torn the social fabric of our communities. The status quo has not made us safe.”

Avant’s home invasion is far from an isolated incident in LA’s wealthy showbiz enclaves.

Last month, BET host Terrence Jenkins was gunned down near his home in Sherman Oaks. In October, robbers made off with about $1 million in jewelry stolen from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” home mainstay Dorit Kemsley.

Surveillance video of two men leaving the property with stolen goods.
Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects who robbed Dorit Kemsley at her home in Encino on Oct. 27.

On Friday, Avant’s neighbor in Trousdale Estates, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains, told of other violent incidents in the area.

“Today there was another incident on Bedford Drive,” said Vida Ardebilchi in an interview. “Someone entered the house at 7 am and got stuck in a room. The SWAT team was called and then he [the intruder] slit his wrists when he realized he couldn’t get out. He slit his wrists and died in the house. There was another incident where a man was attacked on Sunset Strip and shot in the head for his Rolex watch.

Ardebilchi said community members now want to build gates for their street and hire more private security.

A security guard was attacked when a group of suspects fled with goods worth an estimated $25,000 during a robbery of the Nordstrom store at Westfield Topanga shopping center Wednesday.
A security guard was attacked when a group of looters fled a Nordstrom store in LA with $25,000 worth of merchandise.

Trousdale Estates does not have a security gate like some of the newer ultra-wealthy gated communities in the area. Police sources told The Post that Maynor could have entered the neighborhood without being stopped by guards.

“It’s disappointing and the government’s fault.” Ardebilchi continued. “We all say it’s terrible and no one is doing anything about it. I no longer feel safe in our neighborhood.”

Friends of Avant, a former Queens model, were shocked by her death in what is considered one of the safest and wealthiest parts of Los Angeles.

Former UN ambassador Andrew Young, a longtime friend of the couple, said in an interview.

“I have been tormented about what happened, how it happened, what the meaning of it all is. Jacqui and Clarence had a guard at the gate. I wonder how it could have happened. This is a great mystery. They had no enemies in the city. Everyone loved Clarence and Jacqui.”

Aariel Maynor mugshot
Aariel Maynor is accused of shooting and murdering Jacqueline Avant.
California Department of Corrections

And criminals love Beverly Hills.

“It’s a bigger target,” McBride said. “We’re arresting these crooks, but they won’t stay in jail. If they know it’s a property crime, they think nothing will happen to them. So why not go for the big bucks in Beverly Hills?” In recent years, the LAPD had to set up a special unit for home invasions in the enclave, he said.

“People are followed home and then robbed,” McBride told The Post. “The only thing missing from LA is Kurt Russell driving in with an eye patch, like in ‘Escape From New York’. It all goes back to our liberal politics.”


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CRA vs MIN Dream11 Prediction For Brazilian Serie A Live Score




CRA vs MIN Dream11 Prediction For Brazilian Serie A Live Score

CRA vs MIN Dream11: Ceara returns to action as they take on America MG in Castelao. In terms of standings, America MG is 8th in the league with 49 points, having won 11, drawn 13 and lost 11 games so far. Meanwhile, Ceara is also one place lower with 49 points. It is striking that both parties have a similar goal difference. With two league games to go, both America MG and Cearara will want to end their campaign on a positive note. That said, we can expect the upcoming match to be an intriguing affair, and here is the CRA vs MIN Dream11 prediction for the upcoming match.

Match details

Date: December 6, Monday
Kick-off: 3:30 AM (IST)
Location: Castelao

Mexican League Points Table

America MG and Ceara are 8th and 9th with 49 points each.

Live Mexican League

No coverage in India.

Recent form

America MG: WDLD

Ceara: LWDW

Head to Head

Of the last six encounters between the two sides, four matches have ended on an equal footing. America MG also won two games.

CRA vs MIN Dream11 Prediction

Ceara News

Injury Report and Unavailability:

  • Eric Flores, Gabriel Dias and Bulu are out due to injuries.

Expected changes and strategy:

  • Ricardo should start at the target.
  • Pacheco, Otavio, Messiah and Igor could be the back four on the defensive.
  • Fabinho and Sobral can work together in central midfield.
  • Mendoza, Vina and Lima should start higher on the field.
  • Jael is probably the only striker.

Ceara base elf (probably)


America MG News

Injury Report and Unavailability:

  • Eduardo and Orlando Berrio are sidelined due to injuries.
  • Ale is suspended from the game.

Expected changes and strategy:

  • Cavichioli should start in goal.
  • Patric, Bauermann, Silva and Marlon can defend themselves.
  • Valoura, Juninho and Kal can occupy the midfield region.
  • Ademir, Zarate and Azevedo battle for the lead of the attack.

America MG Starting XI (probably)


Ceara vs America MG Fantasy Football Team & Tips

Vina can play a vital role for Ceara. Vina has eight goals and two assists from 32 appearances this season.

Goals this season 8
assists 2
Pass Accuracy 81.4%

Ademir can pack a punch on the offensive front for America MG. Ademir has 11 goals and three assists from 29 appearances this season.

Goals this season 11
assists 3
Pass Accuracy 72%

Differential choice:

Lima has done well in the advanced region for Ceara. Lima has three goals and four assists from 31 appearances this season.

Goals this season 3
assists 4
Pass Accuracy 78%

Juninho Valoura has scored three goals this season and also provided three assists from 23 appearances for America MG this season.

Goals this season 3
assists 3
Pass Accuracy 84%

Who will win today’s football match?

  • America MG are unbeaten in their last eight games against Ceara.
  • However, Ceara has won four of their last four home games in the competition.

Odds of Winning:

The odds are in Ceara’s favor to take the win with 2.05 according to 1XBET.

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Aaron Cameron declared Tasman Series champion after dramatic no result at Bathurst – Highway F1




Aaron Cameron declared Tasman Series champion after dramatic no result at Bathurst - Highway F1

Cameron was making his way through the field after a previous incident when he came into contact with Luis Leeds in pursuit, sending them both into the gravel at high speed.

The race was red flagged and Motorsport Australia declared that the race had reached the required distance to award championship points.

Cameron takes home $30,000 for taking home the title, while Roberto Merhi took $10,000 for second place plus $5,000 for top international.

Nathan Herne started the final feature race on pole position, with James Golding taking the lead from the start.

Championship leader Aaron Cameron stopped off the line and fell to the back of the pack as the pair of Team BRM teammates battled for second off the line.

Joey Mawson was fastest into the first corner, but ran wide through Hell Corner, with Roberto Merhi in second.

The frenetic running calmed down for a moment as the peloton raced over the top of the mountain, but the battle resumed on the fastest part of the track.

Nathan Herne thought twice about moving around Luis Leeds for sixth at the end of Conrod Straight, but recovered and sailed past Leeds from The Chase with Cameron close behind.

The Valvoline Team GRM charge through the pack quickly ended in tears, with Cameron Herne snapping in Hell Corner.

The pair spun into the gravel pit and pulled out the safety car.

All this in just two rounds.

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