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4/12/2021

New York City's Del Posto is closing permanently, but executive chef Melissa Rodriguez will lead a new project in the space, which will include a fine dining restaurant, a casual pizzeria and a cocktail bar. Rodriquez said she is still deciding on the new menu but wants it to be "fun, and we also want it to be celebratory."

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The New York Times
4/12/2021

Chef Park Kyeong-Mi has made tteok at her shop Dong Byung Sang Ryoun in South Korea for more than 20 years, and she creates many different variations on the bouncy, chewy rice dough. In this video, she demonstrates several dishes, including royal stir-fried tteok.

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Eater
4/12/2021

Oats come in a variety of forms -- from groats, which are the entire kernel, to rolled oats commonly used for oatmeal. Old-fashioned rolled oats have a texture and flavor that is ideal for baking, while hardy steel-cut oats can be used as a substitute for rice in some dishes.

4/12/2021

Champagne's connection to rap culture predates rapper and businessman Jay-Z, but he took it to a new level by promoting, and then buying, the Armand de Brignac -- also known as Ace of Spades -- brand. "Nowadays there are so many celebrities involved in brands," but "Jay-Z was a pioneer," said Steven Gonzalez, a bartender at Park Hyatt New York.

4/12/2021

The Napa County Board of Supervisors has agreed to spend a short-term investment of $6.4 million on fire prevention efforts while the wine industry is leading the charge to advocate for a larger $42 million, five-year plan. "This initial investment and the ongoing [financial and community] support required is necessary and will make a difference," said Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery.

4/9/2021

Big names make up the bulk of Technomic's list of the fastest-growing restaurant chains of 2020, when pandemic-era shifts toward off-premises dining favored concepts with significant takeout, delivery and drive-thru programs in place. Wingstop led the Top 10 list, which also includes Sonic Drive-In, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and Jersey Mike's.

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Technomic
4/9/2021

North Dakota's West Fargo Public Schools has been piloting a program in which leftover food from school lunches is repackaged and given to students who need more meals. Officials said 86% of the repacked servings were given to students -- making the program a success -- but Foodservice Director Dana Rieth said that as the district considers the future of the program, it would need to secure a funding source for the food containers.

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KVRR-TV (Fargo, N.D.)
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West Fargo Public Schools
4/9/2021

Old habits are broken and new habits formed when people set intentions, write them down and start formulating actions to implement those desires, writes performance coach Zack Blakeney. Write out sticky notes outlining a new habit, he writes, and put them in places that tempt you, such as the pantry door that contains the junk food.

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Thrive Global
4/9/2021

Chipotle Mexican Grill has expanded its employee education benefit with a plan to pay 100% of costs for staffers pursuing degrees in specific fields at 10 universities. The company will pay tuition and all costs up front for employees who have worked for the company for at least four months and are working toward degrees in areas including agriculture, hospitality and culinary arts.

4/9/2021

IHOP is recruiting to fill 10,000 positions at restaurants across the country as business continues to recover, parent Dine Brands Global said. McDonald's is also in hiring mode, with plans for a three-day event to recruit 25,000 new staffers in Texas.

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