Anneliese Tanner, food services director at the Austin Independent School District in Texas, says schools could serve organic produce and grass-fed beef if more students purchased school meals. Tanner did an analysis and determined that the district could serve all organic fruits and vegetables if each student who doesn't currently eat a school lunch did so twice a week.
The value of rare Scotch whisky sold at auction soared by 46% in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period last year, with per-bottle prices also climbing, according to Rare Whisky 101. The Macallan continues to be the leading brand in auction sales with its volume steady and value increasing, the firm reported.
Steak 'n' Shake plans to sell each of its 401 company-owned restaurants to new single-unit franchisees for a $10,000 initial fee, said Sardar Biglari, CEO of parent Biglari Holdings. "We are seeking to harness the power of entrepreneurs and to create a company of owners," he said.
Franchising can help fledgling concepts grow faster, but the cost can sometimes be the loss of control that comes with adding multiple operators. Executives from Pokeworks, Velvet Taco and Dog Haus dish on the results of their decisions to franchise or not to franchise.
State and federal guidelines requiring schools to serve a certain number of grains and types of vegetables mean greater meal variety for students, says Sandy Kotson, cafeteria manager at John Marshall High School in West Virginia. A farm-to-table program in Marshall County schools also allows students to grow vegetables to be included in school meals.
Every student in a Michigan school district can get a free breakfast and lunch this school year through the Community Eligibility Provision. The program covers a high school, the middle schools and all elementary schools.
A study in Pediatrics found providing overweight or obese pregnant women with antenatal dietary and lifestyle advice did not affect their child's growth, adiposity or neurodevelopment at 18 months, compared with providing standard prenatal care. Researchers called for continued follow-up of the children because of the association between high infant birth weight and later obesity, and the prevalence of overweight, obesity and obesogenic behaviors at a young age.
Iowa passed a law banning schools from identifying students with lunch debt through measures such as hand stamps, wristbands or separate seating areas. The legislation also requires schools to provide the alternative lunch option -- usually just for students with meal debt -- to any student who requests it.
The returning popularity of foods cooked with animal fat has spurred an increase in dishes that feature the flavorful, fatty skin. Chicken and pig skins are popular as a crunchy topping for everything from deviled eggs to salads, and fish and duck skin are also appearing on menus.
Chocolatier Melissa Coppel leads about 20 classes a year at her Las Vegas shop, teaching chocolate techniques to pastry chefs from around the world. Coppel specializes in molded bonbons, and her lessons go into great detail on how to create and decorate the intricate sweets.
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