Nut milk brand Milkadamia launched in trend-setting cafes, eventually gaining attention from retail buyers and landing shelf space in 5,000 US stores, including Walmart. CEO Jim Richards says the company was able to gain distribution without pitching to buyers because the product is unique and stands out from other brands.
Congee is a filling rice porridge that can be topped with just about any protein or vegetable, from chopped pork or hard boiled egg to a simple combination of scallions and sesame oil. Chef Joanne Chang serves a version topped with soy-braised chicken thighs at her Boston restaurant Myers + Chang.
Philadelphia is among a number of places pitching diversity in a bid to bring more businesses to town, particularly ones with a focus on technology. The city is among 20 still in consideration for Amazon's second headquarters, whittled down from a pool of more than 240 cities and regions.
Wendy's has launched a new burger dubbed the Smoky Mushroom Bacon Cheeseburger, and it will also offer the sandwich's toppings on a baked potato. The toppings include sauteed portabella mushrooms, Applewood smoked bacon, asiago cheese and fried onions.
Restaurant delivery app creator Waitr has developed the Waitr Restaurant Incubator Lab, a program to mentor chefs who want to open their own restaurants. The Louisiana-based company will help chefs develop menus using data it collects and provide commercial kitchen space at its office in Baton Rouge.
Plymouth, Mich.-based Motor City Seafood is growing with efforts to ensure that the fish it sources for Detroit restaurants is authentic and sustainably sourced. Co-owner Matthew Wiseman meets shipments at the airport when they arrive, and his team prepares the fish for sale to the 25 high-profile restaurants that began buying from the startup last summer.
The founder of nonprofit Food4Kids is seeking to provide funds to help students access school meals regardless of ability to pay. In December, the organization raised enough money to clear student meal debt at eight schools.
An elementary-school student in Washington state has been named the first student ambassador of the nonprofit Hungry Hearts Foundation. Fourth-grader Anneliese Ballou says she hopes to organize a schoolwide fundraiser in support of the nonprofit.
Miso Robotics has secured an additional $10 million in funding for its food technology, which could help reduce labor costs in fast food locations. The firm's hamburger-flipping robot, Flippy, will be installed at more than 50 Caliburger locations by the end of next year.
Slow roasting is a versatile technique that can be used for many different types of fish and flavor combinations, according to Bon Appetit Senior Food Editor Claire Saffitz. Citrus, olive oil and tender herbs such as chives, dill and parsley work well with just about any fish, and roasted or shaved raw vegetables make for an equally simple side dish.