Private equity firm L Catterton will pay about $650 million to acquire Del Frisco's Restaurant Group, which had been on the sale block most of this year. It is likely L Catterton will split Del Frisco's Double Eagle and Del Frisco's Grille from growth chains Barcelona Wine Bar and Bartaco, Jonathan Maze writes.
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Data shows that school meal programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children help improve health outcomes for children, writes Jamie Bussel, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this commentary, Bussel writes that these food programs can help curb childhood obesity and reduce health disparities.
Homemade harissa works well as a condiment to accompany grilled foods, or it can be mixed with Greek yogurt as a marinade, writes JeanMarie Brownson. She also uses the Northern African spice on eggs, sandwiches and stirred into soups, and sometimes adds fire-roasted red bell peppers to tame the heat.
Master of Wine Andrew Caillard says there are seven major errors that wine drinkers tend to make. Among them is the myth that each wine varietal requires its own special glass -- Caillard notes that he uses the same glass style for all wine varieties.
Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti said the burger chain has no plans to add the Beyond Meat burger to its vegetarian offerings, which already include a mushroom burger, although many other chains are adding meat-substitute patties to their menus. "Shake Shack was built on doing classic things better than other people did them, so let's watch a little bit," Garutti said.
Several restaurant companies, including Applebee's and McDonald's, are looking to renegotiate contracts with food delivery companies such as Uber Eats, Grubhub and Postmates, whose fees account for about 25% of each order. Growing competition in the delivery space is spurring some delivery providers to offer lower rates.
More consumers are opting to get their wellness benefits from small beverage shots, which often include such functional ingredients as probiotics and turmeric. Sales of shots that feature immunity-focused ingredients rose from $1.4 million to $7.5 million from May 2018 to the same time this year, while detox/cleansing shot sales more than tripled during that period, Spins data indicate.
A California school district will eliminate Styrofoam cups in some of its schools following a push from student advocates who said the cups were wasteful and potentially harmful to their health. The schools will replace Styrofoam with paper cups, which the district's food and nutrition services director said are durable enough and only slightly more expensive.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Malina Malkani says fruit and vegetable skins can contain more antioxidants, fiber and nutrients than the flesh, and RDN Hillary Cecere says the only skins she does not recommend eating are those that are too tough or are not tasty. Berries, grapes, peaches, pears and plums can be eaten with the skin on, along with kiwi, cucumber, eggplant and zucchini, but tropical fruit, avocados, garlic and onions always should be peeled before eating.
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