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6/18/2021

This month's launch of Burger King's new hand-breaded Ch'King chicken sandwich marks a shift in strategy away from promotional pricing and deals to a greater focus on upgrading the core menu, said Jose Cil, CEO of parent Restaurant Brands International. "I think the development of that product and how we've launched it should be an indicator of how we're thinking about and reprioritizing the business at Burger King," Cil said.

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6/18/2021

A Virginia task force is expected to make recommendations in August to help provide more culturally inclusive school meals that represent various religious and ethnic backgrounds. The task force is making similar considerations for the academic calendar.

6/18/2021

Considering Guigal makes about 4 million bottles of Cotes du Rhone a year, the consistency, typicity and quality is impressive. The 2017 is a touch darker than the 2016, with plenty of bramble, plum and blackberry. It has the warming sunshine the southern Rhone expresses so well: rounded, generous and full-bodied but with a good sense of inner freshness. Decanter score: 90. Drink: 2021-2023. Alc: 14.5%

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6/18/2021

Okra originated in Africa and has been adopted into cuisines from all over the world. In the US, the versatile vegetable is in season from spring until early summer, and can be grilled, roasted, simmered in soups or pickled in brine.

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6/18/2021

OpenTable will roll out new tools this summer as part of its "Show Up for Restaurants" campaign to help restaurants handle no-shows and educate consumers about the economic consequences to eateries when customers don't show up. The reservation platform will offer a new policy that will suspend customers who fail to show up for their reservations four times.

6/18/2021

Baltimore restaurateur Keyia Yalcin sees significant potential for Black-owned restaurants to make Juneteenth as big of a dining and drinking holiday as St. Patrick's Day or Cinco de Mayo. Yalcin, owner of Fishnet, created a virtual celebration earlier this month and customers who visit her restaurant or 10 other participating eateries today and Saturday will get a QR code to watch the celebration at home.

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Restaurant Business
6/18/2021

Former Yum Brands CEO Greg Creed and the company's marketing chief Ken Muench have collaborated on a book to share their insights into creating effective marketing that's relevant, distinctive and easy for consumers to access. "There are a lot of books that are written by academics who don't have any practical knowledge. What we tried to do in the book was to find that really nice balance of scientific rigor with practical application that equals great results," Creed says.

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6/18/2021

Students in Mississippi's Harrison County School District have access to free breakfasts and lunches through its Summer Feeding Program at eight school sites. The district is serving both breakfasts and lunches at the same time via a drive-thru system to be as convenient as possible for families, said Bradley Barlow, the district's child nutrition programs director.

6/18/2021

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association documented nearly 14,500 new pediatric COVID-19 cases for the week ending June 10, the lowest weekly total since June 2020. There have been just over 4 million pediatric cases of COVID-19 in 49 states -- excluding New York -- as well as Washington, D.C., New York City, Guam and Puerto Rico since the start of the pandemic, accounting for 14.1% of reported COVID-19 cases.

6/18/2021

Collective Napa Valley, a new philanthropy program from the Napa Valley Vintners trade association, is replacing Auction Napa Valley after almost 40 years. Former auction chair and member of the replacement committee Blakesley Chappellet says "we wanted to be significantly more inclusive of wineries, of wine collectors, of Napa Valley fans."

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