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sushirittoMENU MOVES: THERE’S NO STOPPING THE MASHUP TREND
via Restaurant Hospitality

“Call it the summer of Frankenfoods,” wrote Time magazine. The publication cited Carl’s Jr’s. Ding Dong Ice Cream Sandwich, Olive Garden’s Breadstick Sandwich and Baskin-Robbins’s Dunkin Donuts Coffee ‘n Donut Ice Cream as three recent examples. While the popular New York Cronut pastry may have seen its 15 minutes, there have been plenty of mashups to take its place — including Sushiritto’s Sushi Burrito. It’s safe to say mashups haven’t gone away and are getting more outrageous day by day.


THIS SUMMER, THE CAFETERIA COMES TO THE KIDS
via NPR

About 21 million students nationwide eat free and reduced-price meals throughout the school year, but getting those same kids fed during the summer is a challenge. Only a fraction of those make it to schools or community centers for summer meals. So some school districts are getting creative in the way they’re using USDA funds: Murfreesboro City Schools is taking the cafeteria to the kids. The district calls it the Combating Hunger on Wheels Bus — or the CHOW bus. This cafeteria-on-wheels concept is something schools around the country are trying out, though each has its own spin on the idea.

DROUGHT-FRIENDLY RECIPES KICK UP THE FLAVOR — AND CUT BACK ON WATER
via NPR

When television chef Nathan Lyon read about California’s worsening drought earlier this year, he and his girlfriend and culinary manager, Sarah Forman, decided to develop what they call, “drought-friendly recipes.” Even though Lyon’s cooking shows reach a national audience, for now, the drought-friendly recipes at this point are only found in full on Lyon’s blog. Forman says they plan to keep working on the project at least through the end of this year and are currently planning a series of cooking demonstrations with the recipes to spread the word. To become more drought conscious, Lyon encourages people to use recipes calling for ingredients that require less water to grow or raise, less water to cook with and to use as much of a product as feasible to decrease water waste.

MCDONALD’S IS TESTING NEW ‘MINI MEALS’
via Business Insider

McDonald’s days of “supersizing” are over, the brand is testing “mini meals” at select locations. The meals which include a sandwich, small fries and a soft drink, range from 660 to 820 calories and will cost $2.99-$3.99. McDonald’s executives expressed concerns over the existing menu and introduced their plan to simplify it last month during a webcast meeting with franchisees. The company is looking to improve the drive-through experience for customers. McDonald’s has not revealed when and if these new combinations will be introduced nationally.

THESE 10 FOODIES HAVE GROWN THE STRONGEST ENGAGEMENT ON INSTAGRAM
via AdWeek

It wasn’t long ago when credible food photographers and chefs really only wanted to be found in magazines like Bon Appétit and Food & Wine. But thanks to the explosion of mobile photography over the past few years, more and more culinary pros are showing off their best pics every day on Instagram—right alongside amateur foodies—to thousands of fans. Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners’ social media shop Attention analyzed the engagement and sentiment of individual posts to find out which accounts people connected with the most. See article for the full list of top foodies, including Jamie Oliver and Samantha Lee, among others.

EATER ANNOUNCES THE YOUNG GUNS CLASS OF 2015
via Eater

Read through the full list of the Eater Young Guns class of 2015, comprised of the most promising hospitality industry stars from coast to coast. The 17 winners represent a vast number of cuisines and career approaches — among their ranks are co-owners of a Japanese-Choctaw pop-up in Oklahoma City, the director of legendary chef Joel Robuchon’s only two US restaurants, and the man behind the drinks at one of the country’s most progressive cocktail bars.

HOW FOOD BRANDS CAN NAIL INSTAGRAM
via AdWeek

A review of more than 8 million food posts over the past 18 months by Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners’ social media shop Attention showed there’s a real art to drawing a crowd. Taking basic beauty shots of meals just won’t cut it for consumers. It’s all about showing some personality. See article for full infographic and additional details.

Image: Sushiritto’s Sushi Burrito by Benjamin Larson on flickr

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