Restaurant jobs can offer young people training, workplace skills and self-confidence in a world faced with growing global uncertainty, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in her keynote at the National Restaurant Association's annual show. "Not everybody has to go to college. Everyone has to have a job," she said.
Students in Hawaii will have access to free meals over the summer at 68 public schools through the Seamless Summer Option. Dann Carlson, assistant superintendent of the Office of School Facilities and Support Services, said that summer can be a meal "gap" for students and the program seeks to solve that problem.
Wings are getting star treatment at The Immigrant Restaurant in Wisconsin, where chef Douglas Stringer serves upscale duck wings coated in a sauce made with sriracha, honey, orange, ginger and sesame oil. Florida's Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen puts its spin on the dish with Thai Sticky Wings that are marinated in cilantro, tamarind, soy sauce, garlic and ginger for 24 hours and finished with a Thai sticky sauce, crushed peanuts and crispy strips of spring-roll wrappers.
Some Americans take on the role of vigneron, the typically French career of tending to small vineyards, then overseeing a hands-on winemaking approach. One example: An early taste of pinot noir at age 12 convinced Edward Lee "Mac" McDonald to become a winemaker on a small Sonoma plot.
Restaurants can still find and hire "A" level talent when unemployment is low by recruiting where the right people are, Which Wich franchisee T.J. Schier told attendees at the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. In addition to online employment platforms and Craigslist, Schier also explained the benefits of using social media to recruit younger applicants.
Most of the towns in California's Central Valley boast several independently owned diners that feed locals' cravings for comfort food and cater to tourists passing through the area. "They get off the plane in San Francisco, they're going to Yosemite, and they find us on Yelp," said Oscar Quiroz, owner of the Mangy Moose Cafe in Manteca, which has fed customers from as far away as Africa, Kuwait and Japan.
Middle-school students in Washington, D.C., are learning cooking skills through an after-school program. In the yearlong Cooking Skills and World Cuisine program, students learn about healthy eating and global cultures as they prepare international dishes.
Registered dietitian Mandy Nix says ghee or clarified butter is becoming popular in the US as a healthier fat option. It can be made at home on the stove by gently heating unsalted butter and removing the milk solids that separate from the liquid.
Corporate lunch service EAT Club is expanding its San Francisco Bay Area presence with the acquisition of lunchbox delivery service Farm Hill. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.
UK-based startup AEROPOWDER has created an innovative method of turning poultry-industry feather waste into "pluumo," a type of packaging material. As the company's first repurposed product, pluumo has the same thermal performance as polystyrene but is sustainable.
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