KFC unveils Hot Honey Colonel Bear | Majority of D.C. Council backs repealing law to raise tipped wage | Noodles beefs up maternity benefits
September 18, 2018
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KFC unveils Hot Honey Colonel Bear
KFC is touting its Hot Honey product with a campaign from Wieden+Kennedy that introduces Colonel Bear -- a bottle of honey shaped like a bear dressed up as the brand's mascot. Consumers can win a speaking plastic version of the bear, and the push is running across social, digital and TV.
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Majority of D.C. Council backs repealing law to raise tipped wage
A majority on Washington, D.C.'s City Council supports the repeal of a ballot measure, passed in June, that would require restaurants to pay tipped employees the standard minimum wage. About 250 people were scheduled to testify in a hearing Monday about Initiative 77, which opponents say could lead to higher prices and possible pay cuts for tipped employees.
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Noodles beefs up maternity benefits
Noodles & Co. is launching a program to offer employees who are new mothers a way to ease into and out of maternity leave. In addition to six weeks of paid maternity leave for employees who hold a position of assistant general manager or higher, the new program lets the employee work 80% of her schedule for four weeks before and after the leave while receiving 100% of her pay.
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McDonald's revamps apple pie recipe
McDonald's revamps apple pie recipe
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McDonald's has begun serving an updated version of its apple pie, made with less sugar, fewer ingredients, a greater variety of apples and flakier pastry. Customer reactions to the new recipe on Twitter have been mixed, with some cheering it and others saying they preferred the original.
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Chef Paul Kahan elevates breakfast with ingredient focus
The latest Incredible Breakfast Trends digs into how chefs up the ante at breakfast by blending together carefully curated ingredients to create crave-worthy items. Nationally renowned chef & restauranteur Paul Kahan explains the unconventional ingredients and complex flavors in his Fried Oyster Omelet with Charred Ramp Salsa Verde & Lemon AioliWATCH
Leading Voices
Flexible restaurants offer casual dining experience during the day
The New York restaurant that operates as Coco Pazzo Trattoria at night transforms into Coco Pazzo Kitchen during the day, offering a fast-casual experience to meet lunchtime diners' needs. Chef Pino Luongo is in charge of the concept, which is part of a growing group of eateries shifting away from a fine-dining experiences during daylight hours.
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Manhattan eatery Forlini's adapts to sudden fame among the trendy
Forlini's in Manhattan has seen a surge in new clientele, attracting models and fashion designers alongside the usual judges and defense attorneys who have frequented the family-owned Italian restaurant since 1956. The surge appears to have started after Vogue magazine held a private party at the restaurant last spring, and trendy New Yorkers have been arriving ever since, Alex Vadukul writes.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/14) 
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Performance feedback should fill an employee's need to know they're meeting expectations, are good at what they do and how to advance to the next skill level, writes Markus van Alphen. The best feedback is specific and replaces criticism with an emphasis on moving toward mastery of tasks, he writes.
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