Home goods retailer Crate & Barrel will expand its in-store restaurant concept, The Table at Crate, to as many as 15 locations after the first proved popular in Chicago. The concept, created in partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, shows off the retailer's kitchen and dining products, nearly all of which are for sale.
Pizza Hut has partnered with Cheez-It to launch the Stuffed Cheez-It pizza, a limited-time menu item that's made to look like a larger version of the cheese cracker. The snack comes stuffed with either plain cheese or pepperoni and cheese, with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and the restaurant will sell four for $6.49.
A Louisiana elementary school is using peanut-free tables at lunch to keep students allergic to the legume safe from cross-contamination. Officials also monitor homemade snacks to make sure they are free of peanuts or tree nuts, and the district hopes to provide each school with a supply of epinephrine to use in case a student has a severe allergic reaction.
Direct-to-consumer cereal brand Magic Spoon, whose cereal sells for $39.95 per four-pack, has received $5.5 million in a seed funding round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Among other things, the money will be used to hire employees, boost marketing and produce new flavors, Magic Spoon co-founder Gabi Lewis says.
Umbria -- Italy's verdant, secluded heartland -- is a region every wine lover should know about for its seemingly unlimited vinous possibilities, Kerin O'Keefe writes. While Umbria is perhaps best-known for the white wine Orvieto, it also turns out a plethora of interesting red wines, in particular "[t]he region's flagship reds, Montefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Rosso Riserva, boast layers of complexity and ageworthy structures," she writes.
In Chicago's West Loop area, certified sommelier Derrick Westbrook this year opened his wine shop and bar, 1340 BWS, after stints as a cellar master at Alinea Group's Next and as beverage director at Michelin-acclaimed Elizabeth. His shop is meant to feature an inclusive approach to wine, he says, adding that "[i]f people like classics, that's great, but I like pushing the envelope."
Prompted by a dinner conversation about their mutual passion for tequila and the attributes the spirit should hold, former NBA star Michael Jordan -- the owner of the Charlotte Hornets -- and one co-owner each from the LA Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, along with the latter's wife, decided to jointly create that tequila. Today, their super-premium anejo Cincoro tequila retails for $130 per bottle and features agave hand-picked from Jalisco, Mexico, where it also distilled, then aged in former American whiskey barrels.
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi is a fan of using cilantro to give a boost to just about any dish, from salads and salsas to chutneys and sauces. Pairing it with other ingredients in the Umbelliferae family enhances the flavor, making parsnip, celery, carrot, dill, cumin and parsley ideal partners, he writes.
Children of immigrants have been affected by recent raids as well as political rhetoric and action, write Conor Williams, a fellow at The Century Foundation, and Rosario Quiroz Villarreal, a policy entrepreneur at Next100. In this commentary, they share what some schools are doing to help support students through these experiences.
US households with an annual income of $70,000 or more generated 63% of the country's restaurant sales last year, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report. "The good news for restaurants is that the number of higher-income households rose steadily in recent years," said Bruce Grindy, the National Restaurant Association's chief economist.
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