The James Beard Foundation will give the Humanitarian of the Year award to chef and restaurateur Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen fed more than 3 million meals to residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. "He has demonstrated how, at the most difficult times, hot-cooked meals provide more than nutrition, they provide dignity," said foundation executive Mitchell Davis.
Domino's Pizza won't ever outsource its delivery to third-party players because it sees its in-house delivery system as more efficient and cost-effective, Chief Executive Officer J. Patrick Doyle said. "The only way to bring a long-term competitive advantage is to do it yourself."
Local farmers are benefiting from an effort at an Iowa elementary school meant to divert food scraps from the landfill. On "No Waste Wednesday," the school collects students' food scraps and donates them to a local farm to help feed the animals.
Cracker Barrel could launch biscuit bars as part of a larger effort to expand off-premise market share and sales, Chief Executive Officer Sandra Cochran said. Off-premise sales are on the rise with online ordering and catering options, and new efforts could also include breakfast sandwiches.
Baker Reem Assil will open a full-service restaurant in Oakland, Calif., in partnership with Daniel Patterson's Alta Group. The new eatery, dubbed Dyafa, will serve a menu flavored by the food of the James Beard Award nominee's childhood in a Palestinian-Syrian home.
As a child, Anne Albertine played with spices and cooked eggs Benedict, and later she left a job developing women's shoes for Nike to return to her passion for food. Today, as research and development director for Del Taco, Albertine takes a servant-style approach to leading her diverse team.
Seattle-based Lend an Ear has created a certification program to help consumers who have trouble hearing find "ear-friendly" restaurants. The program evaluates restaurants on factors including the use of noise-reducing design features, willingness to turn down the music and the availability of quiet spaces.
Suicide prevention and awareness training could be required for teachers who are renewing their teaching licenses under legislation being considered in Iowa. The proposed one-hour training program is intended to help educators spot the warning signs.
Private-equity firm Rhone Capital will acquire Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao for $560 million, the company said Tuesday. The chain has 38 US restaurants with plans to grow to 100 or more, and it's also focused on international growth, Chief Executive Officer Larry Johnson said.
Modern takes on the Jewish deli are opening across the US, putting a new spin on traditional cuisine popularized by iconic delis including New York City's now-closed Carnegie Deli. "We're taking the Jewish deli food back to its roots, but kind of pushing the rest of the experience forward," said Michael Kassar, co-owner of Wexler's Deli in Los Angeles, which serves sustainably sourced fish and hormone-free meat.
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