Watermelon gherkins, lemon cucumbers and oriental cucumbers are a few of the cucumber varieties that look and taste much different than the ubiquitous American and European greenhouse varieties available in grocery stores. Cucumbers are perfect for raw, refreshing summer dishes and can also benefit from a light char to add smoky flavor to their skins.
Millennials are still eager to dine out at restaurants, and their business helped boost Olive Garden's sales 4.4% in the most recent quarter, said Gene Lee, CEO of Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants. Millennials make up about 30% of customers at Darden's casual dining chains, which also include LongHorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze.
Hampton Creek Foods, the maker of Just Mayo and other plant-based products, is developing a version of lab-grown meat that will grow from animal cells in a plant-based medium, the company said. The San Francisco-based company aims to get its new product in stores next year, ahead of other lab-grown meat startups including Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat.
David Friedman launched fast-casual Epic Burger in 2008 and grew the all-natural burger concept to eight Chicago-area units during the height of the recession. Now he says he's focused on perfecting the concept and waiting out the surge of competition that grew up during the recovery with an influx of private-equity funding.
Hackers are finding quickservice chains fertile ground for stealing customer data, and many chains aren't doing enough to protect themselves, said Varun Badhwar, CEO and co-founder of security firm RedLock. Companies and their franchisees should cooperate to boost security plans, which should include both tech tools and basic employee training, he said.
Minnesota has released a Summer Eats mobile app that helps students search for one of the state's 700 free summer-meal sites closest to them. Bertrand Weber, culinary and wellness services director for Minneapolis Public Schools, suggests the app can help curb hunger by making summer meals more accessible to students who need them.
Students in a Washington state school district have access to summer meals through a partnership between the district and local community groups. The meals are free and available to anyone 18 years old and younger.
Low-income preschoolers who participated in the two-year Massachusetts Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration initiative got more exercise, had less screen time and saw improvements in weight compared with those who weren't in the program, researchers reported in the journal Obesity. Another study in the same journal found that obesity rates among seventh-graders in MA-CORD declined by more than 2% from baseline, compared with controls, but remained similar between first- and fourth-graders in the intervention and control groups.
Dozens of Democratic senators have written a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressing concern about civil rights protections in her department. Senators' concerns include a lack of focus on transgender students' rights and changes to the way individual complaints are addressed.
Susan Ungaro will end her 11-year tenure as president of The James Beard Foundation at the end of 2017, and the prestigious culinary organization will launch a national search for her replacement. Ungaro led the foundation as its annual awards grew in prestige and eventually moved from New York City to Chicago.
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