Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 24, 2014
Wouldn’t it be great to see a classic diner waitress featured on a billboard like a Kardashian? Why not? They deserve it. They don’t just bring us our food, they work their tails off, and after clocking about 9 miles a day running back and forth, they still manage to find patience, a smile and a warm up for our coffee. They’ve served us for all these years. It’s time to give back.
In partnership with International Women’s Day, Candacy Taylor, author of “Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress” launched an indiegogo crowd funding campaign to develop an app, eBook and product line inspired by the career waitresses in her book “Counter Culture.” The app and website will feature restaurants that have been in operation for at least 50 years with a staff that has served up to four generations of the same community. This interactive app is similar to Yelp but focuses on classic, iconic restaurants. The crowd funding campaign ends on April 2nd.
“Counter Culture” is an award winning book, photography exhibit and blog that features the women who race to our tables, quarrel with the cooks and bring meaning and culture to the American roadside dining experience. Taylor traveled over 26,000 miles throughout the US interviewing and photographing career waitresses aged 50 and older who have worked in diners and coffee shops for up to 60 years. Despite the physical and mental demands of the job, over 90% said they love waitressing and if given the opportunity, they wouldn’t do anything else. Jean Joseph who has waitressed for 60 years says, “Seventy percent of the people waiting tables shouldn’t be doing this work. They don’t take it seriously. I love my job. My granddaughter says, I’ve got ketchup in my veins.”
“Counter Culture” has been featured in over thirty publications including the New Yorker, USA Today, the Wall St. Journal, Rachel Ray’s Everyday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Photographer’s Forum, the Los Angeles Times and AARP. The exhibit based on “Counter Culture” made Southwest Airlines’ top ten list of things to see in the US and ABC optioned the book for a television series.
For more information about the campaign:
For more information about Candacy Taylor and Taylor Made Culture projects: http://www.taylormadeculture.com/