Foodservice
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12/11/2018

Chef Alex Seidel has opened his third Colorado restaurant, Chook. The new fast-casual eatery focuses on charcoal-grilled rotisserie meats, and all three of his restaurants use ingredients sourced from his own Fruition Farms.

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12/11/2018

Harvard University has quietly been using endowment funds to buy parcels of land in California's wine country that are well-situated on groundwater reserves. The value of those assets has almost tripled since 2013 as water has become an increasing concern.

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Harvard University
12/11/2018

Peat, which long has given its flavor to single-malt scotch, has become a favored choice for those making gin, rum or even vodka. Seattle's Westland Distillery led the way in bringing US peat into spirits, and other distillers have followed suit.

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12/11/2018

The classic way to cap a New Orleans dinner is the flaming coffee drink known as Cafe Brulot. A special, ornate bowl is used to prepare this eye-catching drink tableside in the dining room.

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Punch
12/10/2018

Children ages 9 and 10 who spent at least seven hours on screens per day had thinning of the part of the brain that controls sensory processing, and those who had more than two hours of daily screen time had lower language and thinking test scores, according to an ongoing study from the National Institutes of Health. The study will follow over 11,000 children for 10 years to see how prolonged screen time affects the brain.

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Tech Times, CBS News
12/10/2018

Arby's parent Inspire Brands has closed on its $2.3 billion purchase of drive-in Sonic. Inspire's other brands include Rusty Taco and Buffalo Wild Wings, and the Sonic acquisition creates an 8,300-unit company with sales of more than $12 billion.

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12/10/2018

Students who stay after school at three schools in an Oklahoma district now have access to after-school meals through a new program, says Kevin Ponce, the district's director of nutrition services. Ponce says the district serves about 300 supper meals daily and plans to start similar programs in more schools.

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12/10/2018

Organic powdered sugar and careful seasoning upgrade royal icing for a smooth, glossy product that also tastes delicious, Stella Parks writes. Salt tames the icing's sweetness, while cream of tartar provides a hint of acidity and rum lends a deeper richness and complexity to the mix.

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12/10/2018

A New Jersey middle school has adopted an alternative to suspensions -- called Schoolhouse Adjustment -- principal Michael Gaskell writes. In this commentary, he describes how the approach, borrowed from law enforcement, has helped to curb incidents of bullying and suspensions at his school.

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eSchool News
12/10/2018

A new Portland, Ore., ordinance will ban plastic straws and utensils unless they're specifically requested. The new rules take effect July 1, 2019, and repeat violators will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $500.