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8/17/2018

Port and Champagne are very different versions of wine -- in great part because of the different regions from which they originate -- but they share more similarities than one might expect, Courtney Schiessl writes. Both beverages are produced with a focus on finding the right blend of grapes rather than a good single vintage, she writes.

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8/17/2018

Distilleries in the Western US are offering bold and experimental takes on classic whiskey, Kara Newman writes. High West Bourye from Utah combines bourbon and rye in the same bottle, while Governor's Reserve Taos Lightning from New Mexico offer a super-spicy take on rye, she writes.

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8/17/2018

A collaboration between 18.21 Bitters, ASW Distillery and Southern Art & Bourbon Bar Atlanta created a batched cocktail that gets its unique aroma and viscous texture from beeswax. The bourbon-based cocktail, named Waxing Poetic, picks up flavors as it steeps for two weeks in bottles that have been lined with beeswax.

8/17/2018

Ice has become an essential part of high quality cocktails -- whether it's crystal clear spheres or cubes infused with fruit or liqueur to bring extra flavor to a cocktail. "Even if it's only used in shaking, it matters," said Justin Beatty, beverage manager at Alma Cocina in Atlanta.

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Food Newsfeed
8/16/2018

Inspire Brands will pay $450 million to acquire Wendy's interest in Inspire-owned chains Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings. Wendy's, which owned a 12.3% interest in Inspire, will invest the funds in its namesake brand and spend about $100 million to buy back Wendy's shares.

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8/16/2018

Students at the School District of Palm Beach County will have more fruit and vegetable options at lunchtime because the district is implementing the national Smarter Lunchrooms program. "It's really making sure that we have a nutritious menu and encouraging kids to try those fruits and vegetables," said Allison Monbleau, food service director.

8/16/2018

The fourth annual Latin American Cuisine Summit -- Arriba Mexico will explore Mexico's diverse and dynamic cuisine. Join industry influencers, chefs and master distillers on Oct. 17-18 at the CIA in San Antonio, Texas, and explore the country's staple ingredients, preparations of dishes both classical and modern and the future of this culinary region. Learn more and register.

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8/16/2018

McDonald's has begun testing a new version of its McGriddles breakfast sandwich at around 200 restaurants in Minnesota, in a push to boost morning sales. The McGriddles French Toast features egg, cheese, bacon and sausage on a brioche French toast bun.

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Restaurant Business
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8/16/2018

New York-based restaurant operator Craveable Hospitality Group will turn a former Borders book store at Minnesota's Rosedale Mall into a two-story food hall with 13 different concepts under one roof. Food halls are growing increasingly popular in urban areas and the project, dubbed Revolution Hall, will bring the concept to the suburbs.

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8/16/2018

Regional chain Pizza Ranch ranked first with US consumers in a Market Force survey this year, reflecting the brand's ultra-loyal fan base, Operations Director Al Pottebaum said at the National Restaurant Association's annual show earlier this year. He talked about the role of the franchisee in building community support and the appeal of serving pizza alongside a diverse buffet.

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