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8/7/2020

Noodles & Company will focus its expansion efforts on small-format stores equipped with drive-thru lanes to accommodate mobile orders. The brand saw a 135% uptick in digital orders, which accounted for 74% of sales in the most recent quarter.

8/7/2020

When Oklahoma schools abruptly closed in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Tulsa Public Schools continued to provide meals to students -- serving 1.5 million. Superintendent Deborah Gist, however, says the closures still caused the district to serve fewer meals than usual, which affects funding for the school nutrition program, and she is asking local and federal representatives to provide additional funds.

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8/7/2020

French Prime Minister Jean Castex has pledged an additional $94 million in support to its wine industry, reeling from a steep decline in demand at bars and restaurants coupled with stunted exports amid US tariffs. This brings France's total assistance to its wine industry to almost $250 million since May.

8/7/2020

Kneading and shaping are essential elements of a good sourdough loaf, and the right techniques develop the gluten that gives the bread its structure. This guide illustrates the different methods -- from simple but labor-intensive hand kneading to complicated shaping techniques such as stitching.

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Serious Eats
8/7/2020

Papa John's saw a sales boost of 28% in the US during the last quarter and expects the trend to continue as consumers continue to turn to delivery during the pandemic, CEO Rob Lynch said. Mobile ordering has become the chain's fastest-growing platform, and it is considering opening new stores as more real estate opens up.

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8/7/2020

Chipotle Mexican Grill pledged $1 million in June to organizations fighting against racism, and has since made a $500,000 donation to the National Urban League and organized a fundraiser to benefit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. "Cultivating a better world takes commitment from all of us and I'm encouraged by the accomplishments to date and eager to see how much more we can achieve together," Chipotle's Marissa Andrada said.

8/7/2020

The National Restaurant Association is partnering with DoorDash to host a virtual conference on Oct. 8 called Main Street Strong. "Events like these are important for restaurateurs to know that they are not alone, and we've found that engagement at this level can help inspire other businesses to change course, pivot and adapt in new ways while fostering a deeper sense of community," the association's Perry Quinn said of the virtual conference, which will bring independent restaurant operators together to share strategies for coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

8/7/2020

Fields Good Chicken was forced to temporarily close four locations and centralize its operations when the pandemic hit, but the New York City chicken chain has since reopened all its stores and is planning to open a sixth location this fall. The company offers recipes and reheating advice on its website and recently shifted its large-format lunch catering trays to individually packaged items.

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FastCasual
8/7/2020

Out-of-work bartenders are making ends meet by selling custom cocktails to visitors at the 526-acre Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. "I've had people here who weren't expecting me selling cocktails, who were like, 'Wow, you've made my day at the park,'" said Brooklyn Vagabond, a furloughed server using an assumed name to protect his identity as selling alcohol without a license is still illegal.

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Eater
8/7/2020

Chef Shinobu Namae of Tokyo's Michelin-starred L'Effervescence collaborated with filmmaker Eric Wolfinger to create a short film that explores the origins of dashi -- a broth that is a cornerstone of Japanese cooking. "Dashi" follows Namae as he travels across Japan to visit the fishermen and other food suppliers who provide the broth's base ingredients.

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