Some school districts in Pennsylvania are creating more environmentally conscious menus by buying local produce and meats, and planting gardens and orchards. The Mt. Lebanon School District started using less meat by launching a vegetarian breakfast-for-lunch option on Mondays, which includes pancakes, waffles and yogurt.
Unemployed youths, underemployed adults and former inmates could be key pools of new talent for restaurants looking to hire in a tight labor market, said panelists at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. "As we're looking at low unemployment, it's even more important to seek people where you may not have looked for them before," said Laura FitzRandolph of HMSHost.
The number of schools labeled as low-performing under the Every Student Succeeds Act varies by state, according to a report from the Center on Education Policy. The report's findings are not intended to help make state-to-state comparisons, officials say, because each state has adopted a different approach to implementing ESSA.
Little Caesars is testing a plant-based sausage from Impossible Foods as a new pizza topping in three US markets. The chain is promoting the topping with a $12 Impossible Supreme Pizza that will also include onions, mushrooms and green peppers.
The International Foodservice Manufacturers Association has named Regynald Washington, president of the dining division of Paradies Lagardere and past chairman of the National Restaurant Association, as its top foodservice operator. Washington began his career as a busboy and worked his way up to lead the division that operates airport restaurant concessions for chains including P.F. Chang's and Wendy's, and concepts created by such high-profile chefs as Cat Cora and Michael Symon.
About 46% of consumers who ordered food through Uber Eats in the first quarter also used competing services in the same period, and that lack of loyalty poses a challenge for the Uber-owned service as it works to become profitable. The company and others including DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub are competing on price in a push to build market share and loyalty.
Restaurants face growing competition as grocers and convenience stores continue to improve their prepared-food offerings, panelists said during a Sunday session at the National Restaurant Association Show. "We all compete here for share of stomach," said John Cywinski, president of Applebee's Grill & Bar.
A school district in Oregon is helping to prepare healthier meals by using a farm-to-table approach and by moving food operations in-house. Officials say the model gives school nutrition professionals more freedom to choose local ingredients and control what goes into the food.
A North Carolina school will outfit its football players next year with helmets that have sensors to alert coaches about players' hits to the head. District officials hope the technology will prevent concussions.
One Texas elementary school plans to build a teaching kitchen to help students learn by cooking -- thanks to a five-year grant from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse and his foundation. Brian Kish, president of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, says the kitchen is a part of national program that will "allow children from all walks of life to prepare for their futures and fully immerse themselves in nutrition and food education."
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