Dunkin' Donuts grew by 280 units last year, and a simplified menu has improved service and trimmed labor costs, marketing chief Tony Weisman said. The chain is also appealing to younger consumers with a $2 snack menu, a breakfast value menu and a push to remove artificial ingredients.
Students at five schools in an Arizona district will receive free breakfasts and lunches this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. One school has a salad bar cart and a varied menu of healthy options, including teriyaki dippers with brown rice and toasted turkey melt sandwiches.
The Paris-Brest pastry has become widely popular at more than than just French bakeries, with both classic and unconventional versions popping up across the US. The circle of cream puffs with hazelnut custard filling and crunchy toppings was said to have been created in 1910 by a pastry chef to promote a bicycle race between the cities of Brest and Paris.
Kimbal Musk will open his second Chicago restaurant, a farm-to-table concept called Next Door American Eatery, next year. Musk, the brother of tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, also has a Chicago nonprofit that works with public schools to create Learning Garden, and he opened The Kitchen American Bistro in the city four years ago.
Subway is still the largest US quickserve chain with 25,908 restaurants, all of them franchises. McDonald's, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and Pizza Hut round out the top five.
A growing number of high-end eateries are eschewing long-held "ladies first" service policies in favor of more gender-neutral styles. "If eliminating 'classic' parts of service can make it even more comfortable for our guests, then that means we've done what we can for right now," said Meredith Rush, general manager of Tied House in Chicago.
Greenville County Schools in South Carolina is expanding its lunch menu to include items such as Angus beef Philly cheesesteaks, scratch-made macaroni and cheese, gyoza and fresh-baked rolls. Joe Urban, the school district's food and nutrition services director, says over the past five years, they've focused on using fresh ingredients and incorporating different flavors and ethnic dishes to encourage students to try new foods.
Researchers found that children with overweight or obesity who engaged in brief periods of moderate-intensity exercise had lower insulin secretion and insulin levels during the three-hour oral glucose tolerance test and lower C-peptide levels than when they had uninterrupted sitting for three hours. The findings, published in the journal Diabetes Care based on 35 children ages 7 to 11, revealed that interrupting sedentary behavior was not associated with a substantial increase in energy intake.
Chefs around the country are showcasing the versatility of potatoes in dishes ranging from appetizers to entrees. The classic comfort food is all over menus in dishes such as tater tots, potato gratin and causa -- a Peruvian dish made with layers of pureed and chilled potato.
To pair wines with food well, start by focusing on the details of a wine such as mouthfeel and tannins, Nils Bernstein writes. Sometimes the ideal pairing will mirror the flavors or intensity of a dish, while other times a contrast between food and wine is best, Bernstein writes.
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