The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest $1.7 billion in partnering with networks of schools. The initiative, announced Thursday, will invest in schools that are developing and testing new approaches to teaching and learning.
Mall-based pretzel chain Auntie Anne's is expanding its focus on catering and food trucks to boost sales as mall traffic declines. The chain, which has upwards of 1,200 US units and around 500 international locations, is also experimenting with delivery in some markets and may eventually offer it nationally, said President Heather Neary.
Giffard Banane du Bresil adds the pure fruit flavor of banana to cocktails and is winning more fans among bartenders. Julie Reiner, proprietor of Brooklyn's Clover Club, uses it with chunks of banana and light and dark rums in her own riff on the frozen daiquiri.
World Central Kitchen and its hundreds of volunteers have served more than a million meals in Puerto Rico and will continue to feed residents of the storm-ravaged island until they're once again able to take care of themselves, chef Jose Andres said this week. "When we go to a place, we take care of that place until we feel it has the right conditions to sustain itself. That's what a relief organization should be," he said.
Customers at the average quickserve eatery use between 5,000 and 10,000 paper napkins per day, a costly situation that White Castle recently addressed with a test of a new napkin dispenser. Napkin use was reduced by 64% during the test and the dispensers have now been added at all locations, said executive Shannon Tolliver.
At Vox Table in Austin, Texas, diners' taste buds are tested before the meal and served different dinners based on whether the simple genetic test shows them to be "supertasters" or "nontasters." Supertasters are served meals created for delicate palates while nontasters dine on more heartily seasoned dishes.
The Guam Education Board has set prices for a program to allow school faculty and staff, the public and exchange students to eat at school cafeterias. All students at 36 of 41 public schools on Guam get free meals, and schools will monitor demand to ensure there is sufficient food for students.
A program that provided weekly boxes of fresh produce and healthy foods to low-income families with children at risk of diabetes found that children developed a greater interest in eating fresh, local and unfamiliar foods. The program, part of the Food as Medicine initiative in Alameda County, Calif., also improved the health of some parents.
Searing a whole chicken and roasting it under the weight of a foil-wrapped brick yields a brown, crispy skin, writes James DeWan. Spatchcocking the bird allows it to lay flat, and the bricks ensure that the skin stays in contact with the hot pan.
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