The New York City Health Department will start giving the city's 5,500 food trucks and carts the same letter grades that restaurants receive. The system will launch next month, and the department will attach GPS devices to the mobile eateries to locate them for inspections.
A Rhode Island high-school teacher organized a pancake breakfast at his school on Monday for veterans. It was the third year the school has held the Veterans Day event, where veterans share stories and enjoy a meal together.
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Hot cocoa is gaining popularity as a seasonal flavoring, with food manufacturers adding the chocolate-and-marshmallow flavor profile to candy, breads and more. "Hot cocoa has such a strong potential as a food trend [because it] remains flexible enough to incorporate individual tastes and preferences," said Culinary Institute of America professor Beth Forrest.
After a stretch of popularity, the practice of brining turkeys before roasting is falling out of favor, with chefs including Alex Guarnaschelli saying it can dilute the flavor. Dry brining by rubbing the meat with salt has gained favor with some chefs and home cooks, while others rely on braising or barbecue-style low and slow cooking for moist meat.
Members of student voice committees in Chicago schools are working to ensure that student input is factored into school decisions. High-school senior Rohit Khanal said one of their goals is to improve relationships between teachers and students.
Wildfires raging in California have destroyed chain restaurants including KFC, McDonald's and Jack in the Box units, according to news reports. Other eateries have been forced to close, and some including Taco Bell and Jersey Mike's franchisees have been feeding evacuees, firefighters and volunteers.
The suicide of Anthony Bourdain brought the subject of depression, mental illness and substance abuse among restaurant employees into the spotlight, chefs and restaurateurs say. The industry employs about 10% of the US workforce, according to the National Restaurant Association, which this year partnered with UnitedHealthcare to launch a medical plan that includes mental health coverage.
Four Foods Group founders Andrew and Shauna Smith started with one Kneaders Bakery location and built it into a 155-unit franchise company that oversees multiple brands including Little Caesars Pizza, R&R BBQ and Mo'Bettahs. They share their growth story, insights on how they select new brands and advice on integrating technology into the restaurant business.
High-school students in an Iowa district recently proposed establishing a community garden to grow food for an on-campus food pantry. As city officials mull the logistics of the plan, a separate group of students are proposing constructing a rain garden at a local elementary school.
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