Wherever it is grown, riesling tends to have balanced sweetness and a fruity acidity, Tim McKirdy writes. Germany and Alsace in France are the best-known areas for this wine, but it creates interesting and local flavors in such areas as Australia and cooler areas of the US.
More restaurant chains including White Castle, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Denny's and Arby's are raising brand awareness on social media by creating distinctive personas. Smaller players can level the field by striking the right tongue-in-cheek tone without crossing a line, marketing experts said.
Google is planning to focus its diversity efforts on hiring more black and Hispanic women, who are typically underrepresented in Silicon Valley. The company employed 544 black women and 945 Hispanic women and Latinas in the US in 2017.
Founding Farmers expanded to seven locations with the opening of its newest eatery in Reston, Va., in April, with a farmer-owned concept committed to serving food produced on US family farms. The North Dakota Farmers Union owns a majority stake in parent Farmers Restaurant Group, and each restaurant has its own look and feel with locally sourced furniture and art.
Smoothie King has removed added sugars and artificial ingredients in a test at 76 of its units, and reorganized the menu boards into four categories, CEO Wan Kim said. Menus used to be organized by flavor but are now arranged around customers' intent, with categories including Fitness, Slim, Wellness and Take a Break.
Restaurant operators can take steps to foster a healthy, supportive work environment in the #MeToo era, and the practices can help lower employee turnover. "When you have a great, positive environment, people have a tendency to be very attracted to that and want to stay longer," said Sara Anderson, the National Restaurant Association's workforce development director.
Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery has upgraded its burger menu with never-frozen beef and new selections including the Chili Cheeseburger and the Holy Guacamole. The chain has also added new side dishes, including fried pickle spears served with cayenne ranch sauce for dipping.
Several newer quickserve concepts are finding new ways to serve fresh fruit, including smoothie bowls that combine a variety of fruits and other ingredients including granola, chia seeds and coconut flakes. "The combination of traditional and nontraditional fruits is a refreshing, healthier alternative to more familiar meal choices," said Gary Moss of New Jersey-based Playa Bowls.
As of this week, artificial trans fats are no longer allowed in US foods, marking a major shift in the manufacturing of food products. Such partially hydrogenated oils used to be present in thousands of foods, but companies have been working to replace them for years, with the ban established by law in 2015.
School nutrition professionals in a Texas district are serving about 900 free meals daily over summer break. The meals are served at dozens of sites in the district, including the yards of some volunteers, where picnic tables have been set up for meals.