Time Out Group will expand its food hall concept to the US next year, after building the business model in Portugal for four years. The first US location, slated to open in Miami Beach, will include 17 concepts from local chefs and food halls will follow in Boston, Chicago and New York later in 2019.
Middle-school students in a North Carolina school district recently taste-tested breakfast pizzas that could soon appear on cafeteria menus. The exercise was part of the National School Lunch Week celebration, which school child nutrition services manager Emma Hutchinson said was an opportunity to celebrate good food and get student feedback.
Daphne's has acquired the 12-unit Noon Mediterranean chain out of bankruptcy, and Daphne's parent Elite Restaurant Group of Los Angeles plans to rebrand the restaurants as Daphne's but keep Noon's build-your-own bowl format. Noon launched in Texas seven years ago as VertsKebap, and also has locations in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Restaurants face challenges and higher costs in their efforts to become more sustainable, from investments in equipment and systems to training employees. Executives from Asian Box, CoreLife Eatery and Flatbread Grill shared their experience and advice in a recent panel.
About 15,000 students in Oklahoma were served after-school meals in October 2017 -- up 121% from the year before -- according to a study by the Food Research and Action Center. Officials attribute the spike, in part, to a new Welcome Table program, in which students receive free meals and spend time with mentors.
Sunflower seeds are high in nutrients, and registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey says they have mono- and polyunsaturated fats associated with cardiovascular benefits. Sunflower seeds can be eaten raw or roasted, but RD Maxine Yeung says since they are high in fat, portion control is important to limit calories.
Shake Shack is entering Mexico City next year and plans to have 30 locations in Mexico by 2028. The chain is working with Mexican hospitality group Grupo Toks to grow in the country, and also plans to expand to mainland China with a Shanghai location next year.
Molasses, maple and other dark sweeteners are making waves on fall menus alongside the ubiquitous pumpkin spice, writes Datassential analyst Mike Kostyo. The bitter notes of black treacle, burnt caramel, buckwheat honey and barley malt syrup all satisfy consumer cravings for more bitter flavors, he writes.
An ultra-rare bottle of The Macallan whisky with special label art by Peter Blake sold last weekend at auction for $843,200, but is such a bottle a collectible or something that should be consumed? "In my professional capacity, it is more likely to be kept as an investment that should appreciate over time," said Jamie Ritchie, worldwide head of Sotheby's Wine.
A 50-cent tax on tobacco products in California once generated about $550 million in the state -- which helped fund some education programs -- but as more Californians stop smoking, those revenues have declined to a reported $273 million. State officials are now considering using taxes on recreational marijuana to fill the gap.
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