The pasta and bean soup pasta e fagioli is an Italian classic that manages to build layers of flavor with onion, carrot, celery and other aromatics depending on the region from which the recipe hails. Cooking the pasta directly in the broth thickens the soup, and pureeing some of the beans makes it extra hearty.
Award-winning restaurant Batard in New York City has a well-regarded cheese program that managing partner John Winterman designed to be approachable and generous. A carefully curated menu of cheeses gives simple descriptions, and servers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with cheeses and add an extra piece to diners' plates.
Moody Tongue Brewing Company is opening a new space in Chicago this summer that will house a bar and 25-seat fine dining restaurant. Chef Jared Wentworth will take the lead for a globally inspired tasting menu with such items as foie gras butter-laced fried chicken designed to pair with the brewery's beers.
Marsala, a sweet wine from Sicily, is nothing like the cooking wine sold at most supermarkets, so few Americans know the true flavors of the variety. Marsala is often served as an aperitif in Sicily and can offer notes of nuts, dried fruits and caramel.
Sommelier Tonya Pitts of San Francisco's One Market restaurant enjoys being in the vineyard, but is also enamored with making customer connections. "I love seeing that spark, and the 'ah-ha' in people's eyes when you've given them something to drink ... especially when it's something new for them that they've never tasted before," she said.
Research has shown that the performance review process tends to favor men over women, potentially inhibiting women's career advancement, write Lauren Rivera and Andras Tilcsik. One way to mitigate this bias is to change the numerical rating scale used for evaluations, they add.
Houston-based Luby's has closed 27 restaurants over the past year as part of an ongoing turnaround effort that also includes selling more company-owned Fuddruckers restaurants to franchisees, the company said. Luby's operates 136 restaurants under the Luby's, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise banners, and franchises 102 Fuddruckers units.
China-based Starbucks rival Luckin Coffee has filed for an initial public stock offering in the US that it expects will raise as much as $800 million. The IPO could value the company at between $4 billion and $5 billion, sources said.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises' executive Marc Jacobs tried trendy diets like paleo and Whole30 himself as part of a plan to train servers, chefs and other staffers in the art of catering to customers' food allergies, sensitivities and preferences. The company has a profile for each recipe in each restaurant and servers are trained to explain which dishes work with which diets.