Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen's new partnership with Megan Thee Stallion includes approval for the rap star to become a franchisee in the Restaurant Brands International-owned chain. The deal also includes a hot sauce -- Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce -- and related merchandise that's set to roll out next week.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam celebrated National School Lunch Week by thanking school nutrition professionals during a visit to Louisa County High School. Demand for school meals has increased during the pandemic, and Randy Herman, director of school nutrition services for Louisa County Public Schools, said staffers are on their way to serving another 1 million meals by this school year's end.
For some winemakers, selecting the perfect aging barrels is as crucial as picking the right grapes, and factors such as the species and age of the oak used, the tightness of the wood grain and the expertise of the coopers -- all of which can affect the expression of a wine -- must be taken into consideration, writes Rich Manning. "There's a certain type of romance to a barrel, and everyone wants to learn more about it," said Justin Seidenfeld, director of winemaking at Rodney Strong Vineyards in California's Sonoma County.
Fast-casual chain Freshii will invest $4.6 million to take a 60% stake in Natura Market Ecommerce, in a deal that includes the rights to acquire the remaining shares of the online health and wellness retailer by early 2025. Freshii operates restaurants in 14 countries and now sells nutritional supplements in stores and online, and plans to grow its online efforts with the Natura acquisition.
New voluntary FDA guidelines call for restaurants and food makers to reduce the amount of sodium in their dishes and products. The recommendations are designed to help consumers achieve a roughly 12% reduction in daily sodium intake in the coming years.
Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Michael Mina and Mina Group President Patric Yumul will open Mother Tongue, a 5,000-square-foot Los Angeles restaurant that will focus on plant-forward options and dishes made with few processed ingredients. "Our approach is going to be more towards whole foods rather than a product that's been synthesized," Yumul said.
Famous Dave's parent BBQ Holdings has been on an acquisition spree since the start of the pandemic, building a portfolio of brands including Granite City, Real Urban Barbecue, Bakers Square, Village Inn and Tahoe Joe's. The company plans to use the new holdings and their large kitchens to create new co-branded eateries and grow its roster of virtual kitchens and ghost brands, CEO Jeff Crivello said.
Several schools in North Dakota are starting a mobile cooking cart program to help promote healthy food for students. "Cooking is an important life skill, and students are more likely to eat what they have helped prepare," said Andrea Winter, a licensed registered dietitian and the program's coordinator.
Consuming too many omega-6 fatty acids may boost chronic inflammation, says Maya Feller, registered dietitian nutritionist, and the typical Western diet normally consists of processed foods that use polyunsaturated fats such as corn, soy, sesame and safflower oils. The National Academy of Medicine recommends 17 grams of omega-6 fatty acid intake per day for males and 12 grams for females, so Feller suggests using a wide variety of oils when cooking to avoid overconsumption of omega-6 fatty acids.
Aged fruit vinegars are a well-known part of Taiwan's culinary and medicinal history and have long been marketed as health ingredients and as beverages believed to alleviate conditions including cardiovascular issues, fatigue and obesity. Well-aged fruit vinegars can take decades to develop a complex flavor that's both bitter and sweet and, while the taste improves with time, today's producers are finding that even a six-month aging can preserve and accentuate the fruit flavors and provide health benefits.
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