US lawmakers in the House and Senate have agreed to increase federal education spending. The deal includes an additional $70 million for career and technical education, a small increase to the maximum Pell Grant amount and $40 million more for charter schools.
A school district in Missouri has begun a free, after-school meal program this month through a partnership with the county's community services agency and as a part of the US Department of Agriculture's at-risk supper program. The district's Super Suppers program offers a free meal between 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to high-school and middle-school students participating in after-school sports and academic programs.
High-quality, less-expensive caviar from domestic fish is trending at US restaurants, as seen in the caviar tart at Brooklyn's Otway. Plant-forward dining is also having its day, while octopus provides fresh opportunities as it becomes more mainstream, Gerry Ludwig writes.
Mezcal has become known in the marketplace for being made of only one type of agave plant, but that's not really the history of the liquor. Historically, farmers would combine whatever agave they had in a region, and the practice is being revived now in part because it is more environmentally sustainable.
Smoothie King's multiyear Cleaner Blending initiative evaluated about 150 ingredients and swapped out added sugars, GMOs and artificial additives for healthier ingredients. The efforts reflect a growing clean-label trend among restaurants and food makers, including PepsiCo, which launched its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator program for companies looking to offer healthier products.
We can improve our ability to connect with people by thinking of ourselves as actors preparing for a role: We first see ourselves engaged in these behaviors, then we practice them until they become second-nature, writes John Baldoni. "Considering thoughts are behaviors in the making might help overcome resistance to making a change," he writes.
Poblano peppers are a welcome addition to any kitchen, thanks to their slightly fruity heat that can make cheese sandwiches pop and add flavor to nachos, Kara Elder writes. Fried poblano rings, okra pilaf, quinoa salad and chile verde are among recipes that make good use of the Mexican pepper.
Dining and entertainment chain Dave & Buster's will launch a fast-casual concept called TNT Tacos before the end of the year, the company said Friday. TNT Tacos' menu will mirror the street fare served by taco trucks.
Starbucks has launched a delivery test in partnership with UberEats from around 100 stores in the Miami market. It's the second experiment into delivery for the chain, which teamed with Postmates on a short-lived pilot several years ago.
San Francisco-based dining and entertainment chain GameWorks plans to put a greater focus on food and menu development, said new CEO Philip Kaplan. "Similar to other companies that offer gaming and food, the restaurant is a major component of our revenue," he said.