Yum Brands plans to expand Taco Bell from 6,650 global units to 9,000 by 2022, largely through expansion in Brazil, Canada, China and India. The chain will add at least 100 new restaurants in each of those markets, the company said Thursday.
Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has 35 restaurants around the world, including his namesake flagship in New York City, and he's gearing up to open his first Los Angeles eatery. He talks about plans for a sustainable restaurant, his toaster collection and his favorite places to eat in L.A., starting with In-N-Out Burger.
In this video, Jason Yang of Fleisher's Craft Butchery breaks down a cow, using a variety of blades to create cuts of beef from brisket and ribs to oyster steak and top round.
Chef Gaggan Anand has set a closing date of 2020 for his eponymous restaurant in Thailand, which came out on top in the 2017 Asia's 50 Best awards. Anand, who believes all restaurants have an expiration date, plans to open several restaurants in Japan inspired by Buddhist principles.
Several factors are driving the rise in popularity of independent eateries, writes Jonathan Maze, including millennials' craving for local fare and foodie shows like "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Social media shares and the rise in delivery options from indie eateries are also fueling the trend.
New York City is seeing an explosion of eclectic barbecue spots such as Butcher Bar which sells its burnt ends as a tray of "Meat Candy." What differentiates New York from any other barbecue scene is that there's no unifying aesthetic; styles from classic Texas brisket to gourmet-style comfort food are all represented somewhere in the city.
More than 40 US colleges and universities will participate in the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative, working to reduce purchases of red meat and increase fruits, vegetables and plant-based protein dishes by the end of this summer. The schools also will use their dining halls as labs, experimenting with ways to help students make healthy, sustainable food choices.
Students in parts of California with a high rate of food insecurity will have access to summer meals. Mary Williams, school nutrition services supervisor for the Merced City School District, says the free meals help families stretch their food dollars during summer months.
School board members in an Arkansas district have unanimously opted to provide free, universal meals through the federal Community Eligibility Provision. Officials say the program will help to curb hunger and remove the stigma sometimes associated with free and reduced-price meals.
180 million Americans own an outdoor grill, either charcoal or gas fired, and the debate over which is the superior fuel has been raging since the 1950s. Proponents of gas grills praise their convenience and superior temperature control, while wood or charcoal-powered models lend authentic smoke flavor that is ideal when cooking steaks.
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