In case you missed our discussion of the pending “Dewhurst Bill,” I’ll give you a moment to read this and this.
This morning chef Daniel Landsberg of Tillman’s sent out a call to arms to his fellow restaurateurs. He says:
I am sure you all are aware of this wine bill dewhurst is going to get passed unless we all contact our state representatives easily by email with the link provided below asking them to be our voice and vote against the bill Texas HB 4813 which states that anyone can bring in a bottle of wine regardless of what type of liquor license you have. This not only will take money out of our pockets, it opens a completely new can of worms of liability and the ability to cut off an intoxicated guest because it is their wine. I do not know if it carries over to catered events, but, can imagine selling a wedding for 200 guests at your venue and they bring in their own wine? Not good. This is a special interest B.S. Back door deal that is exactly what is wrong with politics in the US. What is next? Beer? Alcohol under a certain proof? This is OUR BUSINESS. WE SELL FOOD, WINE AND ALCOHOL. Please do not just discard this email. DO something. 10 minutes can save OUR industry in Texas for the duration of OUR CAREERS. Think about it; we bring them in with the great food, we impress them with the total package, but we make real MONEY with alcohol sales. This has already passed the senate because we did not respond fast enough. Please, help me save our wine programs!