20 in 2020: People We’re Thankful For – L’Oca d’Oro Owners Advocate for Change and Support in the Austin Food Community – Features
Adam Orman (l) and Fiore Tedesco (Photo by John Anderson)
They will likely say “pishposh” to each award term and bring your attention to Good Work Austin. So we do that too. But first you should know that L’Oca d’Oro co-owners Adam Orman and Fiore Tedesco showed up for their internal community, and then for the entire Austin area, this year that was made so impossible for restaurants and their people are an example of the ethical approach to unprecedented circumstances. When the pandemic closed their little Italian restaurant, longtime supporters of One Fair Wage exhausted all financial and bureaucratic measures to take care of their employees, and then got to work looking for frontline health workers and others AISD to cook and deliver meals to groups. And then of course comes her work with Good Work Austin, a local nonprofit that aims to create guidelines for employers and advocate for policy change at the local and state levels. Through a network of small businesses, the group works to provide basic but essential services such as affordable health care, psychological counseling and basic financial literacy courses, and to advocate diversity and inclusion at all levels. These tireless goers recently reinvented their restaurant model so diners who lack their homemade mozzarella can subscribe to lovely weekly meals in the safety of their home. Tedesco and Orman are still out there between the packaging of cooler bags, making our city a better place.