An unlimited burger-and-fries offering at Krystal has sparked customer curiosity and sales -- so much so that the company is extending the offer through August. Krystal's all-you-can-eat promotion is part of a larger effort to innovate and improve operations, says CEO Paul Macaluso.
School meals in an Oklahoma district soon will include bison meat from the nearby Modoc Tribe thanks to a federal farm-to-school grant. Miami Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Hogan says the district is still determining how to implement the program.
Netflix will soon release the second season of "Ugly Delicious," starring Chef David Chang, as well as more episodes of "The Chef Show" from Roy Choi and Jon Favreau. In addition, the streaming service has signed Chang for a new series called "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner," which will follow him and celebrity guests as they delve into the foodscapes of different cities.
Master sommelier Joseph Carr created Joseph Carr Wines in 2002, and the firm expects to produce three million cases this year. This success is propelled in part by the company's ultra-premium brand Josh Cellars, growing in production from 1,200 cases in 2009, its first year, to almost one million by 2016.
Bonuses, prizes, college scholarships and higher pay are being offered by US restaurants such as Checkers, McDonald's and Dave & Buster's in a bid to fend off employee turnover. Industry wages are projected to increase by 4.7% this year, according to National Restaurant Association data.
Nashville, Tenn.; Charleston, S.C.; and Atlanta are three cities where multiple restaurants have opened in what once were gas stations or automotive garages. The locations are in high-traffic areas, and the existing decor can inspire menu items and architectural elements.
Delivery accounts for 63% of restaurant activity in cities and other urban areas, according to National Restaurant Association data, but not all trends are so uniform. For instance, cities with limited mass transit have a high density of quickservice options, while mass transit hubs such as New York City and Los Angeles are packed with fast casual options.
Restaurant brands such as &pizza and Marco's Pizza realize they can't cut out third-party delivery providers, but they can work with those companies to ensure quality and, in some cases, move certain deliveries in-house. Marco's holds monthly meetings with such third-party providers, says President and Chief Operating Officer Tony Libardi.
Students at a Maine high school are learning how to plant and grow food this summer in an on-campus vegetable garden. The program, which also includes lessons in how to cook, is aimed at expanding access to food.
Children are at risk of unhealthy weight gain during summer vacation, and keeping the most healthful food within easy reach in the refrigerator and on the counter can encourage children and adults to eat well, says registered dietitian Katherine Tallmadge. Making sure children are included in food purchases and preparation, keeping mealtimes consistent, even while on vacation, and packing good food for road trips can prevent weight gain, Tallmadge says.
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