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9/20/2019

The viral "Storm Area 51" event may have been officially cancelled but Arby's and Bud Light are continuing their support of related celebrations, with the former's sandwich truck headed to the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev., for a "Storm Area 51 Basecamp" event, where it will serve products such as the E.T. Slider. Bud Light is sponsoring a Las Vegas "Area 51 Celebration," has created alien-themed cans for sale in Nevada, Arizona and California and unveiled a beer fridge that can only be opened by extraterrestrials.

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9/20/2019

Students in a Missouri school district who participate in after-school activities, such as sports and clubs, will be able to take a grab-and-go meal as part of the new Child and Adult Care Food Program. Officials say the program will help students and families who need more support.

9/20/2019

Many Chilean wine producers say admiration for its obscure native grape varieties is overshadowing their bread-and-butter grape cabernet sauvignon, which represents about 30% of wine grapes planted in the country but lacks the cache of the ancient varieties. Wines containing cabernet make up about 50% of the country's exports, but "wine writers go straight to the 'new' ancestral varieties," Wines of Chile president Aurelio Montes says.

9/20/2019

Restaurants in states that allow wine delivery through apps such as UberEats and Grubhub must contend with ensuring it is served only to adults by the third party, writes Julie Harans. However, delivery orders still comprise a very small portion of overall restaurant wine sales, according to brands such as RPM and Bacchus Management Group, and many fine restaurant insiders say diners who plan to order wine tend to come in rather than order via an app.

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9/20/2019

In an era rife with flashy, Instagrammable cocktails, there are a handful of establishments whose alcoholic concoctions are so flamboyant they are dubbed the 10 Most Perfectly Outrageous Cocktail Menus in the US by Fodor's. The top three, in descending order, are Lake Forest, Ill.'s Deer Path Inn, the Louisiana Purchase in San Diego and KYU in Miami, Brandon Schultz writes.

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9/20/2019

J. Alexander's plan to launch a new restaurant concept drew in SmartBrief's food-and-beverage readers this week, as did plans by Crate & Barrel to open up to 15 in-store eateries with partner Cornerstone Restaurant Group. Walmart's launch of a private-label line of wellness gummies led this week's Top 10.

9/20/2019

Burger King will roll out a campaign first launched in Mexico to other markets including the US. The agency We Believers created the campaign, called "Food Coma," by sending a photographer to Burger King restaurants to catch people grabbing a nap after eating.

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9/20/2019

Atlanta-based Tropical Smoothie Cafe booked a 20% increase in 2018 system sales and recently opened its 800th restaurant. CEO Charles Watson discusses the chain's growth strategy and the evolution of the smoothie.

9/20/2019

Restaurant menus are going beyond pumpkin spice to create new flavors for fall, including a focus on making vegetarian versions of popular dishes at Big Bowl and adding Asian twists to rotisserie chicken at Boston Market. Urban Plates has created seven new $10 dishes for autumn, and Corner Bakery Cafe has incorporated the flavors of New Orleans into new breakfast dishes.

9/20/2019

Parents can get their children interested in cooking by asking them if they want to help in the kitchen and allowing them to choose recipes, writes registered dietitian nutritionist Monica Stewart. The cooking experience should be fun, Stewart notes, and children should sometimes be in charge, such as allowing teens to plan and prepare one meal per week.

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