September 2017 | Food Newsfeed

September 2017

Darden Reports Weaker-Than-Expected First Quarter

Darden’s impressive momentum slipped a bit Tuesday as the company reported weaker-than-expected numbers in the first quarter, sending shares of the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse parent down 3.

A Michelin-Starred French Chef Takes Roost in NYC

Most 71-year-old French chefs who have earned three stars from Michelin are contemplating retirement and maybe retreating to a summer place in Monte Carlo or Nice. But not Antoine Westermann. He earned his three stars at Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg, France.

Ex-Applebee's Leader Named CEO of Umami Burger

Daniel del Olmo, DineEquity’s former president for international, was appointed CEO of Disruptive Restaurant Group and Umami Burger, the company announced Monday.Sbe, a lifestyle hospitality company that oversees the groups, said del Olmo’s hire marked the 11th executive placement of 2017.

Expert: 'No One Wants to Buy' Ruby Tuesday

Rumors of a possible Ruby Tuesday sale have swirled for months. To some investors, the move has felt inevitable, especially as the casual dining chain continues a strategic evaluation process that has stretched more than six months.

Where Chefs are Foraging for Food this Fall

ChanterelleThis golden-colored, meaty fungus is favored by just about every chef because of its flower-like shape and aroma, a taste that is simultaneously peppery and woodsy, and a texture that is both chewy and creamy when it’s cooked just right.

5 Benefits of LED Lighting

In restaurants, the lighting is often as important as the fixtures in which they’re placed. This applies particularly to LED lightbulbs, since they’re directly tied to monthly energy costs, which can impact your bottom-line.

Can Your Payroll Handle Natural Disasters?

After witnessing the catastrophic effects of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, there’s a good chance you are thinking “What if a natural disaster disrupted my restaurant operations?”Certainly no corner of the United States is spared from natural disaster, including tornadoes, earthquakes, or wildfires.

NRAEF's Apprenticeship Program Creates Career Opportunities

Tell me about the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship project. How did it come into being?Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invested $90 million in Apprenticeship USA to help states accelerate apprenticeship strategies and grow programs in new industries to provide economic opportunities for more Americans.

TGI Fridays to Test Alcohol Delivery in November

Starting in November, TGI Fridays will step into uncharted territory. The casual dining chain will start delivering alcohol along with food in Texas, becoming the first restaurant chain to ever send spirits to a patron’s door.

What to Do About Those Insane Chicken Wing Prices

The rising cost of chicken wings has put so much pressure on Buffalo Wings & Rings that executives formed an in-house chicken task force to find ways to tackle the problem. “We meet every week to just go through and find out what we can do to alleviate some of the pressure,” says Tom Jenkins, director of franchise operations.

Punch Bowl Social's Connoisseurs Cup Punch

2 cups Breckenridge Gin1/2 cup Dolin Blanc Vermouth—needs to be Dolin Blanc, do not substitute another dry vermouth.If Dolin Blanc is unavailable, source Lillet Blanc, which is a little easier to acquire.

The Sexy Side of Pasta is Alive and Well at Sophia's

Sophia’sOpened: August 2016Location: Austin, TexasOwners: BDG HospitalityAverage check: $60Description: The supper club makes a comeback at Sophia’s in Austin, where diners are encouraged to linger—or just pop in for a drink.

11 Steps to Creating a Food Safety Culture

Restaurants are often hectic, fast-paced places with lots of kitchen activity and chaos. In the midst of a busy shift, employees might take occasional “short cuts,” like not walking across the kitchen to use the designated hand-washing sink or using the same knife and board to chop peanuts and then prep a salad.

Bob Evans Farms Being Sold for $1.5 Billion

Bob Evans Farms’ shares soared Tuesday after Post Holding Inc., the company that makes Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape-Nuts cereals, announced it was buying the company for about $1.5 billion.Bob Evans’ stock rose more than 6 percent to $77.