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March 2, 2015
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Restaurants including Craft in New York are adding goat to the menu as beef prices remain high and populations of immigrants are rising from the Middle East, South America and other regions where goat is a staple. "There are clear price advantages to putting goat on the menu, over beef, because you don't have to charge an arm and a leg for it," said Taylor Naples, chef de cuisine at Craft.
Full Story: Reuters (2/27) 
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Culinary News
Spain's female culinary leaders came together for a two-day congress to highlight women in the industry, who are often overshadowed by their male counterparts. About 40 men and women attended the conference, which was organized by Spanish chef Celia Jimenez and a journalist from online culinary magazine Al-Salmorejo.
Full Story: The Guardian (London)/The Observer (2/28) 
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The Healthy Kitchen
National Nutrition Month is a time to recognize how the diet influences physical, emotional and mental well-being, registered dietitian Samantha Telle writes. Her tips for healthful eating include portion control, being mindful of the body's satiety cues, planning meals ahead of time and choosing nutritious snacks.
Full Story: Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (2/27) 
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First lady Michelle Obama applauded food and beverage makers that have cut 6.3 trillion calories from their products since the launch of her Let's Move campaign. A coalition of 16 food brands including General Mills, Kraft Foods and PepsiCo spearheaded the calorie cuts. "Over the past five years we have truly changed the culture around health and living in this country," she said at the Partnership for a Healthy America Summit last week.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (3/2) 
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Beverage News
Madeira wine has an illustrious history and complex taste, writes Lettie Teague. The aged wine from Portugal, which was extremely popular in the U.S. before Prohibition, stays palatable long after being opened, and its high acidity makes it perfect for pairing with myriad foods.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/27) 
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A Side of Business
Employment in food service has grown twice as fast as overall employment in the past six years, and wage growth has begun to follow, the U.S. Labor Department says. Restaurant wages grew at an annualized rate of 3% in the second half of 2014, and operators say they're raising pay to compete for employees in a tighter labor market.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/27) 
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About 70% of restaurant operators saw same-store sales rise in January and 57% expect to see sales grow in the next six months, according to the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index. Restaurants created 34,600 new jobs during the month, boosting employment 3.9% over the same month last year, said Senior Vice President Hudson Riehle.
Full Story: Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (2/27),  QSRWeb (2/27) 
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Local & Sustainable Spotlight
Chef-turned-supplier Javier Arze supplies the country's top chefs with unique fowl, game and seafood, from squab and duck eggs to sea urchins and yak meat. "He's the go-to guy for specialty items," said Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola in Washington, D.C. "The advantage is his culinary background. ... He knows what we are looking for and what the process is behind what we are doing. He's not just some salesperson from some company."
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (2/28) 
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Star Ingredient
Stinging nettles offer a rich, robust flavor packed with nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. The greens are perfect for turning into pesto and can be dried and ground to add to soups and casseroles.
Full Story: Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (3/1) 
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