Ted Russin, a food scientist with CP Kelco, creates products such as a gelatinlike substance that can withstand heat, meaning it can be deep-fried or served warm. He has been tapped by chefs such as Thomas Keller for help in using new food products and techniques.
With few exceptions, the attire worn by restaurant waiters and waitresses typically goes unnoticed. But whether they are designer duds or silly T-shirts, the uniforms convey a message about the establishment.
Tomatoes, carrots, blackberries, peppers, baby artichokes and other purple heirloom and specialty vegetables add color to the plate and also pack a nutritional punch. Dark pigments called anthocyanins are recognized for their disease-fighting benefits.