Schools in Hawaii will serve locally produced beef during December under a farm-to-school initiative. Jayson Watts of the lieutenant governor's office, said other locally produced foods served in schools will include bananas and mangoes.
School nutrition professionals in an Idaho district say they have seen an uptick in meal participation since making spice labs available to all schools. The labs -- offered at the end of the lunch line -- allow students to access and add spices to their meals.
High-schoolers in a New Jersey district are being offered breakfast as they go into school through a new Mobile Breakfast Academy. Officials say they are hopeful the grab-and-go option will make it more convenient for students to eat breakfast.
Restaurants in competitive markets can take several steps to hire and retain top talent, including avoiding low-ball offers and recognizing the value each employee brings to the table. "Employees need to believe the company cares about them and is interested in their welfare and not just making a buck, and if you can make that a reality, employees will stay longer," said Chris Floyd, owner of Capital Restaurant Resources.
Nashville-based seafood chain Captain D's has been acquired by private-equity firm Sentinel Capital Partners, which has investments in several restaurant companies including TGI Friday's, Fazoli's and Newk's Eatery. Fast-casual Captain D's has 303 company-owned units and 227 franchise locations, mostly in the Midwest and Southeast.
Philadelphia-based fast-casual chain Honeygrow has created a concept called Minigrow, designed to cater to lunch crowds in high-traffic areas. Minigrow will offer new versions of the 22-unit chain's noodle bowls, and the menu will include zucchini noodles and toppings such as poached salmon and crab.
Consumers' growing craving for sustainably raised foods and cleaner ingredients has some farmers rethinking the way they grow crops and raise animals for food. "A farm is a business, and you have to think about running it like a business, but you also have to think about doing the right thing," said Minnesota farmer Jack Weber, who is using sustainable methods and cutting back on pesticide use.
McDonald's franchisee Nick Karavites will close his rock-n-roll themed restaurant and tourist attraction in Chicago for remodeling this month. The revamped eatery will replace music memorabilia with self-order kiosks, solar panels and other modern touches as part of the chain's plan to update 14,000 US units over the next few years.
Education leaders in states where natural disasters have resulted in missed school days -- affecting about 9 million students -- are working to address the issue. Some have expanded the school day or shortened holiday breaks, while others are seeking testing waivers.
More diners are showing an interest in international foods that go beyond what has typically been featured in US restaurants, such as the cheesy Georgian flat bread called kachapuri served at Narcbar, writes Bret Thorn. Other up-and-coming global foods include a Mexican style of ceviche called aguachile and Vietnamese banh mì.
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