A variety of rice that was a staple of Southern cooking in US before it all but disappeared has been discovered growing in Trinidad, and chefs say it has the potential to shed a light on a little-known side of African American cooking. "The historical back story could deepen the development of African diaspora food in America and better tell the real story of Southern food," said chef Edouardo Jordan, who opened Southern restaurant Junebaby in Seattle last year.
Stinging nettles add a bright, peppery flavor to dishes such as frittatas, omelets and polenta after being blanched or sauteed to remove their stinging effect, writes Noelle Carter. These in-season greens also work well simmered in soups or mixed into pesto.
Longtime sherry-maker Eduardo Ojeda is working to collect classic old bottles that might otherwise be forgotten through his Equipo Navazos project. He and a partner have been tracking down great but overlooked casks of sherry and bringing their vibrant flavors to the world's attention.
More vintners in Oregon have begun producing sparkling wines, despite the increased lead time to get to market, Brian Freedman writes. Among offerings from the state worth investigating are bottles from Gran Moraine, Raptor Ridge and Stoller Family Estate, he writes.
Strong demand from the US and China helped push French wine and spirits exports to a record high last year, according to the Federation of French Wines and Spirit Exporters. "All French regions benefited from this export windfall," said Antoine Leccia, the Federation's president.
Baltimore Whiskey's new facility, currently under construction, will include a geothermal system that brings in groundwater for cooling during the distilling process. "We're very conscious about making sure that our spirits are influenced by the environment where they are made," said co-founder Max Lents.
An increasing number of weddings today feature signature cocktails to help commemorate the event. To ensure that service goes smoothly, the bartender should be involved from the beginning of the selection process to ensure that the drinks are easy to make in large quantities, Emily Saladino writes.
Applebee's fired three employees and temporarily closed its Independence Center mall location in Missouri after a video went viral of the employees falsely accusing two black women of departing the restaurant without paying their bill. The company issued a public apology and said it will ensure the rest of the employees at that location reflect on and learn from the situation.
Women hold 66% of top executive positions and 75% of grant-making roles at nonprofits, but on average earn 84% of what male counterparts make doing similar work, according to a survey of 330 nonprofits by Exponent Philanthropy.
In order to overcome unconscious bias, organizations must provide sufficient training for employees to address the issue, write Sarah Grausz and Farah Mahesri. Leaders should also make diversity and inclusion part of their company performance goals and actively work to make the workplace a more inclusive place, they add.