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Innovative Foodservice Certification Set for National Expansion

Committed to winning America’s fight against diabetes, obesity and other diet-related diseases, the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC) announced that it has almost doubled the number of REAL Certified restaurants in and around Washington, DC, including the first certified food truck and catering company.

Healthy Choices

Sometimes it feels as if all I do is eat and exercise. It isn’t exactly the case, but as a restaurant critic responsible for a weekly review and multiple weekly blog posts about my city’s dining scene, I have to eat out a lot.

Participant Media Launches Food, Inc. Awards

Four years after the release of Participant Media’s Oscar nominated and Emmy Award winning documentary Food, Inc. Participant has established the Food, Inc. Awards to honor those who best embody the film’s message by helping to promote healthier, locally grown, sustainable choices.

Cracker Barrel Introduces New Wholesome Fixin’s

Now hungry restaurant-goers looking for their home-style favorites at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store can find them plus a whole lot more. The new Wholesome Fixin’s menu category features 11 low calorie, better-for-you choices, with fresh ingredients and full-bodied flavor.

Resources to Help Restaurants Respond to Food Allergies

Nicole Friedman, a Chicago resident, has known for the past three years that her body reacts violently when she eats fish or tree nuts. She avoids these foods at all costs so she doesn’t have to deal with the incessant itching on her tongue and ears, the welts that form on her tongue, and her throat closing.

Good Earth’s Debuts Gluten Sensitive Menu

Good Earth restaurants on Monday, July 22, 2013 introduced what might be the Twin Cities’ most comprehensive Gluten Sensitive Menu.“For guests with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, knowing what to order can be a real challenge,” says Donna Fahs, Parasole Restaurant Holdings’ divisional vice president.

Johnny Carino’s Announces New Gluten-Free Menu

Johnny Carino’s, the family-owned restaurant group, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their gluten-free menu to 23 items, which includes items from their kid’s menu. With the popularity of their past gluten-free ordering options and the rapid growth of the movement, Johnny Carino’s is introducing gluten-free versions of fan favorites like the Skilletini and Spicy Shrimp and Chicken.

Duffy’s Sports Grill Adds Healthier Options to Menu

Appetizers, entrees, and desserts under 580 calories have been added to the menu at Duffy’s Sports Grill, South Florida’s sports themed casual-dining restaurant chain.The latest version of Duffy’s menu includes additional “Healthy Options” items, bringing the total to 23 dishes that contain less than 580 calories each.

Kid Judges Select Winners of Kids Recipe Challenge in Baltimore April 27

The National Restaurant Association and McCormick For Chefs will hold the inaugural Kids Recipe Challenge April 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at McCormick World of Flavors at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Approximately 30 kid judges will taste test recipes submitted by restaurants nationwide and select a winner in four categories:Independent restaurant or company with fewer than 20 unitsMulti-unit company with more than 20 unitsContract Managed Food ServiceIndependent Noncommercial Food ServiceThe Kids Recipe Challenge is a new initiative aimed at showcasing restaurants' culinary ingenuity of creating healthful menu options for children.