Volunteers are key to the success of Texas' Ector County Independent School District meal distribution program, says School Nutrition Director Brandon Reyes. With the help of volunteers, school nutrition professionals provide both curbside meals and weekly deliveries throughout the district.
A study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior found that people with a genetic predisposition to behavioral disorders such as bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and aggressive behaviors may have a greater risk of developing them if their diets are high in sugar. According to the researchers, fructose's ability to lower energy in cells may be linked to a foraging response that could heighten risk taking and aggressiveness.
Eleven Madison Park is joining the roster of fine dining restaurants offering meal kits that diners can prepare at home. The $275 kit from the New York City restaurant includes a stuffed chicken, sides, dessert and a batch of granola, and chef-owner Daniel Humm is donating 10 meals through the nonprofit Rethink Food for every meal kit sold.
Claire Saffitz calls her new cookbook "Dessert Person" a "defense of baking," and says she "wanted the book to be about how abundant and beautiful and fun and expressive baking could be." The book's mix of sweet and savory recipes explore the role improvisation and creativity can play in baking.
Kernza CAP, a $10 million initiative led by The Land Institute and the University of Minnesota, is working to scale up and commercialize the climate-friendly grain Kernza. The perennial grain can be used in many of the same applications as wheat, including beer, baked goods and pastas.
Sandwich chain Jersey Mike's has launched a national recruiting campaign focused on finding new employees with ambitions and the potential to someday become franchisees. "We want individuals to come and grow with us and see Jersey Mike's as a place that can become their career," CEO Peter Cancro said.
Jack in the Box has begun testing the plant-based "Unchicken Sandwich" at units in the Monterey, Calif., and Reno, Nev., markets. The sandwiches, made with a chicken alternative from Tyson Foods' Raised & Rooted brand, come in classic and spicy versions.
Dunkin' has introduced a slew of new coffee beverages since dropping the "Donuts" from its name as part of a brand overhaul two years ago. The chain's vice president of brand stewardship, Drayton Martin, discusses the still-evolving rebranding effort.
Cantina Terlano in Italy's Alto Adige DOC is one of Europe's most important wine co-ops, a historically significant system in which smaller, family-owned wineries and growers pool resources in order to compete with bigger players yet still maintain their independence and style, writes Lauren Mowery. Cave de Ribeauville, France's oldest wine co-op, collectively maintains eight prized Grand Cru plots in Alsace that help put its wines on the same footing as those from elite names.
School nutrition programs should support families as well as students, said Amanda Warren, school nutrition director for Staunton City Schools in Virginia. With the help of a $10,000 grant, the district recently provided locally sourced produce with its normal meals for students and families to celebrate Farm to School Month.