A new breed of New York City quickserve is serving generous portions of affordably priced, chef-created pasta dishes such as fusilli with basil pesto and whole grain rigatoni with meat ragu. "Everything up until where you order is cooked like a very traditional restaurant. It's just that the service is lightning-fast," said Pasta Flyer chef Mark Ladner.
A study of some schools in Texas finds that students who participate in recess before lunch may eat more of their food and perform better in school. Ector County Independent School District Director of School Nutrition Katy Taylor says some schools may factor the study's findings into scheduling next year.
The wines of Burgundy are drawing higher prices as the supply becomes limited due to strong demand, Lettie Teague writes. Good bottles that won't break the bank include a Domaine Raphael Chopin Morgon Les Charmes and a Chablis from Patrick Piuze, both priced at $24.
Chefs' predictions for next year's hot food trends also include culinary bubbles likely to burst in 2018, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual What's Hot report. As house-made condiments and new cuts of meat soar in popularity, house-made charcuterie, meal kits, pumpkin spice flavoring, jarred salads and other once-hot trends are on track to cool down, according to the survey of around 700 chefs.
Fertitta Entertainment has opened a 12,000-square-foot Mastro's Steakhouse at The Post Oak, a 10-acre mixed-use luxury project under development in Houston. Fertitta Entertainment is the parent of Landry's, which operates upwards of 600 eateries under banners including McCormick & Schmick's, Chart House, Landry's Seafood House and Rainforest Cafe.
Mozzeria, a San Francisco pizza restaurant owned and staffed by people who are deaf, has won a grant from the Communication Service for the Deaf to expand nationally through franchising. Founders Russ and Melody Stein say the grant will allow them to help train and mentor other deaf entrepreneurs around the country.
Franchising can be a growth engine for small fast casual concepts but the move to multiple operators comes with challenges, including protecting brand integrity and scaling up the supply chain. Franchisees can also help concepts grow without having to take on loans, said Andre Vener, co-founder of Dog Haus, which is on track to open 60 more units next year.
Parents and caregivers of children with food allergies should never assume that food is safe, and should ask questions and read labels, said registered dietitian Blair Mize, who has two children with food allergies. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Leslie Schilling says school celebrations, restaurant dining or even visits to a friend's house can be stressful and frustrating for children with food allergies and their parents.
CDC researchers reported higher-than-average influenza activity, which began increasing early last month, especially in the South, with the predominant strain being influenza A (H3N2). Widespread activity has been reported in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Virginia during the week ending Dec. 2, according to a study in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
A study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that older adolescents with depression had a more than twofold higher likelihood of dropping out of high school, compared with those who recovered from earlier depression or those without depression. The findings also showed higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder among dropouts and at-risk peers, compared with average students.
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