Sweetgreen raised $200 million in new financing in a funding round led by Fidelity Investments, bringing its total valuation to $1 billion. The 90-unit Los Angeles-based fast-casual salad concept will use much of the new funding on technology including software and blockchain tech.
Several Minnesota school districts have started school gardens, including Wadena-Deer Creek Public Schools, where gardens and greenhouses provide some of the vegetables used in school meals. During the summer, students help out in the gardens and Sandie Rentz, the district's food services director, says they take pride in growing their own food.
Hotels and cruise ships are taking cocktail cues from restaurants and bars, and working with liquor brands to highlight new mixology efforts. Cruise line Cunard has teamed with Jack Daniels to promote a craft cocktail and the company has also created a "Gin & Fizz" bar menu on two of its ships.
Chick-fil-A has teamed with DoorDash to launch nationwide delivery. The chain started testing DoorDash delivery last year and opened two delivery-focused locations this year.
Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group will operate Intersect by Lexus, a restaurant in New York City's Meatpacking District that's owned by the luxury car brand. The restaurant will have a rotating roster of chefs, beginning with Gregory Marchand.
Starbucks will trim its global corporate work force by around 5%, or roughly 350 employees, in departments including marketing, technology and creative, CEO Kevin Johnson announced in a memo. The moves are part of an effort to streamline operations and will not include any store employees.
Restaurants are vying with retailers to hire and retain employees as the holidays approach, and many have added perks to court qualified staffers. Clyde's Restaurant Group now offers employees a 25% discount on oysters and wine, and a Wendy's in New Hampshire that's offering $1,000 signing bonuses is still short by about 15 staffers.
Five schools in southern Wisconsin this fall opened food pantries, bringing the total number in the area to eight. Vicki Marcucci, Adams-Friendship Area School District's food service director, said she realized a food pantry was needed when students told her the after-school supper program was their final meal of the day because they did not get supper at home.
Greek and regular yogurt start with the same ingredients, but Greek yogurt is strained an additional time, removing most of the liquid to create a thicker, creamier consistency, dietitians said. Greek yogurt tends to have less sugar and carbohydrates but more fat than regular yogurt, and registered dietitian Rachel Fine said the extra straining makes it higher in protein and more nutritionally dense.
Mindful eating can be a challenge during the holidays, but instead of skipping meals to save calories for a big dinner, try eating regularly during the day to improve control and hunger, writes registered dietitian Stephanie Graziano. Keep calories in check at dinner by eating nonstarchy vegetables first, choosing turkey over ham and apple pie instead of pecan pie, and drinking noncalorie beverages, Graziano said.
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