Panera Bread has added a selection of warm grain bowls to the menu that start out vegetarian but can be customized with chicken or other animal proteins to appeal to flexitarians. Panera will promote the new items as part of a multichannel campaign using the tagline "Full of Good."
Chipotle Mexican Grill will put a marinated steak item called carne asada on national menus for a limited time, after a yearlong, three-city test. The chain also recently added vegetarian and vegan bowls to the menu, as part of an effort to appeal to a wide range of diets.
Catherine Donovan, who has been the director of food service in a Massachusetts school district since 2001, says the federal guidelines have helped her make healthier meals over the years, although some standards, such as eliminating sodium, are challenging to meet. She says she runs the "biggest restaurant in town," and tries to make foods that students appreciate.
Street corn abounds in Los Angeles, where chefs dress up sweet corn to create Mexican elote, Korean cheese corn and more. Elote-maker Andres Santos Medina cooks shaved corn kernels in chicken stock and mixes in epazote for a sharp counter to the corn's sweetness, while chef Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market makes coconut milk grilled corn with turmeric.
Salt comes in many forms, from Kosher salt and flake salt to rock salt and Himalayan pink salt, writes Caitlin PenzeyMoog. Hawaiian salt is dried in beds dug into lava, which gives it its red or black color.
The beverage industry has been abuzz recently with the launches of multiple celebrity-backed wines, sparking VinePair to review what it deems the 11 best of the lot. Among VinePair reviewers' favorite celebrity wines are the Invivo X Sarah Jessica Parker sauvignon blanc 2019 and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Studio by Miraval rose 2018.
New York's Finger Lakes winemaking region has become widely known for its fine rieslings, but whether the region needs to diversify in the wake of climate change has vintners there concerned, Thomas Pellechia writes. Wide temperature variations that accompany climate change could compel vintners there to branch out and experiment with new varietals, which some say they would welcome, but others lament the potential loss of their regional identity, he writes.
Several suicides among students and staff led a Kansas school district to seek ways to support mental health and remove the stigma that often surrounds it. In this blog post, Jessica Dain, assistant superintendent of support services at Olathe Public Schools, shares how her district changed its culture with a heavy focus on data.
McDonald's has debuted an outdoor advertising campaign in Sweden that put bee hotels on the back of a billboard to give them a home and raise awareness of bees' importance to the food chain. Some McDonald's restaurants in Sweden have beehives on their rooftops, and all Swedish McDonald's franchisees will have the chance to create bee hotel billboards with customized messaging, the company said.
J. Alexander's will unveil a new 200-seat concept restaurant called Merus Grill in Houston this fall. The company operates 46 upscale-casual units under five other banners including J. Alexander's, Redlands Grill and Stoney River.
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