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Complying with the Costly Affordable Care Act

Restaurateurs are searching for ways to mitigate increased costs when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014 and any restaurant with 50 or more full-time employees is required by law to comply.

Genghis Grill’s Third Annual 2013 Health Kwest

To jumpstart the New Year, Genghis Grill launched their healthy-influenced campaign, Health Kwest, on February 11. The campaign will last for 60 days. Last year’s khantestants lost a total of more than 1000 pounds and Health Kwest winner, Melissa Jarosz from Phoenix, lost 46 pounds in 60 days, adopting Genghis Grill’s healthier dining options into her daily life.

Restaurant Chains Serving More Lower-Calorie Choices Do Better Financially

Restaurant chains that serve more lower-calorie foods and beverages have better business performance, according to a study released February 7 by the Hudson Institute. Over five years, chains that increased the amount of lower-calorie options they served had better sales growth, larger increases in customer traffic, and stronger gains in total food and beverage servings than chains whose servings of lower-calorie options declined.

Blueberry Council Teams Up With Alison Sweeney

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) announced it has teamed up this year with Alison Sweeney, host of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, to introduce a program that will encourage American women to lead healthier, more dynamic lives.

WILD Presents Digestive Health Ingredient

WILD Flavors, Inc. (WILD) will be showcasing their expertise of digestive health ingredients in the presentation, The Latest Ingredient Technology for Digestive Health Applications: Tegricel, at this year’s IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) Wellness 13 Conference.

Johnny Rockets Opens in Acton, Mass.

Johnny Rockets has opened its first restaurant in Acton, Mass. – joining Burlington Mall (that celebrated its 20th anniversary last May) as the second location in Middlesex County. Restaurants at Boston Logan Airport, Six Flags New England and South Shore Plaza bring Johnny Rockets’ Massachusetts total to five.

Jazzing Up New Orleans

Ralph Brennan personifies fine food and New Orleans charm, easily qualifying him as the perfect ambassador for The Big Easy. As one of America’s leading restaurateurs, Brennan heads The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, which boasts such well-received New Orleans concepts as Red Fish Grill, Ralph’s on the Park, Heritage Grill, café b, Café NOMA, and Ralph Brennan Catering & Events.

NRA Launches Kids Recipe Challenge

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is now accepting submissions for its Kids Recipe Challenge, a new initiative aimed at showcasing restaurants’ culinary ingenuity of creating healthful menu options for children.

Quinoa: The Mother Grain

What’s InsidePrep TipsQuinoa in the KitchenQuinoa Burritos Are The New HamburgerSuggested ReadingAs you would guess from the name, the newly opened Protein Bar in Washington, D.C., is all about the protein.

AdvancePierre Foods Wins Vendor of the Year Award

Market Day Corporation has named AdvancePierre Foods as its 2012 Vendor of the Year. The award was given to the company for its strong industry reputation, reliability as a vendor, and the quality and success of its products for Market Day over the past year.