Activists held a "lunch in" Thursday outside of the USDA, protesting a proposed change to federal benefits that could kick thousands of students off the free and reduced-price meal rolls. Some members of the coalition forming to oppose the change say they are hoping their actions motivate lawmakers to block its implementation.
Italy's tiny Gavi Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita wine appellation -- in the Piedmont hills some 40 miles from the Ligurian Coast -- specializes in the production of still and sparkling white wines from the cortese grape. These crisp wines with notes of floral and citrus are enjoyable alone or paired with many foods, and among the region's finest examples are the Broglia 2017 Bruno Broglia and the Castello di Tassarolo 2018 Il Castello, writes Kerin O'Keefe.
Actress and businesswoman Kate Hudson has rolled out her own vodka brand, King St. Vodka, described as a "spirit for every experience" and distilled in Santa Barbara, Calif. "The businessperson in me is now looking forward to the challenge of building a brand in an entirely new industry," Hudson says.
Chicago restaurateurs' objections to proposed changes to the tip credit that could raise labor costs caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week, along with a plan by TGI Friday's to go public and Shake Shack's forecast for 2020 growth. Industry reaction to Kroger's new logo and tagline topped this week's Top 10 list.
Houlihan's has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with a $40 million buyout offer in hand from Landry's owner Tilman Fertitta. The company owns or franchises 69 eateries under several banners, and the independently owned locations aren't part of the bankruptcy filing.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed a measure to raise the hourly minimum wage for tipped workers from $6.40 to $8.40 on July 1, 2020, but keep the tip credit in place. An earlier proposal that would have eliminated the tip credit drew opposition from the city's restaurateurs.
Quiznos will launch a test today of plant-based corned beef from Mrs. Goldfarb's Unreal Deli in the Denver market. The new sandwich will be made with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and French dressing.
Washington, D.C., Venezuelan food eatery Seven Reasons topped Esquire's newest list of the 22 best new US restaurants. Nari in San Francisco, Bon Temps in Los Angeles, Pizzeria Beddia in Philadelphia and Benne on Eagle in Asheville, N.C., rounded out the top five.
Junzi Kitchen CEO and co-founder Yong Zhao fell into the restaurant business when his landlord needed someone to take over his eatery six years ago. Now, he's recruited investors including Chip Wade, president of Union Square Hospitality Group, to raise a $5 million fund he'll use to buy out other Chinese restaurants slated for closure because their owners are ready to retire.
Chef Justin Devillier promotes soup as an ideal way to learn fundamental culinary techniques in "The New Orleans Kitchen," his new cookbook. "I think the true mark of a well-trained chef is the ability to make different styles of soups at a high level," he says.
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