5 must-know restaurant news stories: April 14, 2014

Nation's Restaurant News editors select the top industry stories of the day

Teamsters fund sues Darden over bylaw changes [2] (Orlando Sentinel)
The company has added language allowing it to delay its annual shareholder meeting and making it tougher for unhappy investors to push for changes.

—Marcella Veneziale

Social media brings back menu items from the dead [3] (Time)
Olive Garden customers have spoken, and the chain has listened. A few weeks ago, the casual-dining restaurant revamped its menu and eliminated a few items, including Braised Beef & Tortelloni. The move was too much for fans of the dish to stomach, so customers took to social media and complained directly to Olive Garden’s guest relations department to demand the item’s return to the menu.

—Ron Ruggless

WFF names McDonald's cook first Lowe Scholarship recipient [4](MarketWatch)
The Women’s Foodservice Forum has selected Yolanda Cook as the first winner of the Chris Lowe Scholars Award, allowing her to attend the WFF Executive Leadership Program. Cook, the vice president of quality, service and cleanliness for McDonald’s Raleigh region, which includes 800 stores in six states, “exemplifies Chris Lowe’s dedication to women’s advancement and the core mission of the WFF,” said Kathleen Ciaramello, president of national foodservice and on-premise for Coca-Cola North America, the official sponsor of the scholarship program.

—Mark Brandau

Business lobby proposes minimum wage ‘compromise’ [5](MSNBC)
A coalition of employers in Seattle are fighting a push to raise the minimum wage [6] to $15 per hour by arguing “total compensation” should be considered, including tips, benefits like health care and transportation stipends.

—Lisa Jennings

KFC creates corsage in time for prom season [7] (NPR)
For $20, prom-goers can order a corsage bedecked with chicken, but due to food safety practices, the chicken must be picked up on the way to the event.

—Marcella Veneziale