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11/24/2021

New York City chef Joseph Yoon believes edible insects can be a major part of a more sustainable food future, and he is working to normalize the use of edible insects through his organization, Brooklyn Bugs. While some of Yoon's creations involve adding cricket powder to dishes for an extra dose of protein, he also makes some dishes where insects are the star of the show, such as a tempura tarantula served with purple potato puree.

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CNN
11/24/2021

Michael Manjon, the beverage director for the Time Out Market New York in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood, has developed a new seasonal cocktail menu inspired by the borough in which the two-story, waterfront food hall is located. The Jane's Carousel, named after the ride in Brooklyn Bridge Park, features Widow Jane bourbon from a nearby distillery, while the Brooklyn Bramble stars small-batch Brooklyn Gin and other locally made components.

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Time Out
11/24/2021

Coquito -- Puerto Rican eggnog traditionally made with coconut cream, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and rum -- is a massive holiday favorite among customers at The Empanada Lady in Baltimore. Owner Elisa Milan, who learned how to make coquito from her grandmother, offers two varieties of the cold, creamy drink: one with Bacardi rum and the other with Crown Royal.

11/24/2021

A group of women leaders who assembled for a Politico "Women Rule: The Exchange" event -- including New America CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter and Edelman US CEO Lisa Osborne Ross -- grappled with the pandemic's lasting effects on the workplace and solutions to create a better future for women. Other topics discussed at the forum included the theft of women's ideas by male co-workers, preventing employee burnout and committing to diversity and equity.

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Politico
11/24/2021

Jill Osur is founder, president and CEO of Teneral Cellars, an all-digital winery based in Northern California that has an all-female workforce and advisory board and works to promote social change by donating to multiple causes. Osur says she wants "to disrupt the wine industry and shake it up" so it better serves its female customers and has more women in leadership roles.

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Spectrum News
11/23/2021

The US Justice Department has reached a settlement with families of survivors and victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who sued over the FBI's decision not to investigate information about the gunman in the months before the shooting. The settlement is private, but it is reported to be nearly $130 million.

11/23/2021

Seattle-based MOD Pizza has filed confidential plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a potential stock offering that would take the fast-casual pizza chain public. MOD, short for Made on Demand, has grown to more than 500 franchised units since its start in 2008.

11/23/2021

School nutrition professionals in California's Sacramento City Unified School District recently distributed food boxes to families at nine schools this week. While schools are closed this week for Thanksgiving break, officials say about 75% of students in the district need this type of support.

11/23/2021

NRD Capital, the majority owner of Fuzzy's Taco Shop, is betting that Fuzzy's focus on experiential dining is strong enough to support other concepts built under its new Experiential Brands platform. "As we think about potential acquisitions, they are going to have some kind of experience component to them," said CEO Paul Damico, who explained that new concepts could be in the quickserve, fast-casual or fine dining spaces, as long as they serve up "experience along with the fantastic food."

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QSR
11/23/2021

Hearty dishes are showing up on seasonal menus at eateries like Asheville Proper in Asheville, N.C., where chef Owen McGlynn prepares pork ribs with a pumpkin gremolata. At New York City's Sami & Susu, the seasonal salad features tabbouleh and apples -- fruit that executive chef and co-founder Jordan Anderson will swap out for peas when spring arrives and trade again for corn in the summer.