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.
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.