Taco Bell has long had vegetarian items on the menu and is in the process of rolling out an official plant-based menu nationwide this year, but it won't contain meat replacements from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, North American President Julie Felss Masino said. "I think what we're proud of is that we've been doing vegetarian for 57 years," she said.
Milk Bar launched with its original Cereal Milk-flavored soft serve on the menu and today it's joined by other flavors inspired by nostalgia at the chain's 16 locations. "We want things that obviously feel traditional in an Americana sense, but that is something that speaks to the child in everybody," Culinary Director Anna McGorman says.
Consumer spending on dining out has grown along with wages in recent years, but the number of eateries in the US is up 16% from 10 years ago, which means diners have more choices. Restaurants can compete by addressing the top reasons customers cite for crossing a restaurant off their list, starting with poor service, dirty restrooms and long waits, according to a survey by Zoro.
A Florida school district will serve free summer meals at 91 sites this year -- up from 81 the year before. The district also is delivering meals to additional locations using a food truck.
Cashew cheese firm Parmela just closed a $1.25 million funding round led by 25Madison. The company, whose products are sold at Whole Foods, Wegmans and Publix, will use the investment to continue innovation and grow brand awareness, co-founder Ry Salomone said.
Executive search firm The Elliot Group says there are five traits of effective leaders: trustworthiness, mental flexibility, life-long learners, visionary and driven. "To be a great leader, you must first serve others, so that they, in turn, are willing to follow you," writes Joan Ray, executive vice president of The Elliot Group.
The Greek island of Corfu is known for its mix of Greek and Venetian dishes, including pastitsada, a slow-cooked meat dish served with pasta. The tomato-based sauce is made with red wine, red chile pepper and a blend of spices including nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon.
The Culinary Institute of America, with the help of chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres, will debut a scholarship named for Anthony Bourdain to be used for one or more students to study abroad each year. The Anthony Bourdain Legacy Scholarship honors the CIA grad, who passed away last year.
Several factors have contributed over the last 20 years to making Minneapolis & St. Paul more than a meat-and-potatoes restaurant city, including the influx of immigrants from Southeast Asia and Africa, a growing number of progressive farms and markets, and more tourists visiting the area.
After graduating from the CIA, chef Cat Cora eventually landed on the Food Network, and later segued her celebrity into a food empire that includes books and licensing deals. She aims to pay forward her success by helping her female peers and contributing to the fight against hunger.