Panera Raises Their Standards for Clean Eating

Many of us are concerned about the quality of the food we consume. The media continues to pay great attention to the caliber of products manufactured and distributed via the many choices offered to us from grocery stores to the restaurants we frequent.

Food manufacturers and restaurant chains have suffered past criticism for their use of additives such as “pink slime”, MSG, and others, but the popular food chain Panera is seeking to change the horizon of its patrons wondering exactly what type of food additives they are consuming. In an effort to be more transparent with their menu selections, Panera has devised what they have deemed their “No No List” of foods.

According to this recent article from USA TODAY, Panera will remove at least 150 ingredients deemed “unacceptable” from its stores including additives, preservatives, and artitfical ingredients such as sulfur dioxide, maltodextrin, and BHT.

Foodies at Boraie Development know that Panera’s CEO, Ron Shaich, told Fortune that his standard is less about what makes business sense but rather is driven by his concerns as a father. His children eat Panera food 10 to 11 times a week and he wants to make sure they are eating well. His patrons will appreciate Shaich’s sentiment that his customers “are no different than my daughter.”

If all goes as planned, Panera visitors can look forward to a cleaner dining experience at their local Panera location by the end of 2016.

Van Leeuwen Opens New Shop in West Village

Van Leeuwen is an artisanal ice cream giant in New York. And the company has just opened a new shop in the West Village, to the delight of the area’s residents. All the ice cream flavors are created locally in Greenpoint, and the company has both conventional and vegan flavors to choose from.

Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, along with Laura O’Neil, are owners of the West Village shop. O’Neil states that they’ve wanted to open a shop in this part of town for quite some time now. Fans of the icecream like Zeca Oliveira know that pints of Van Leeuwen’s classic and vegan flavors are also available at Whole Foods locations in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

O’Neil also confirms that the company is moving to a larger Greenpoint location. At present, the Greenpoint store shares the site with sister restaurant Selamat Pagi. But due to Leeuwen’s growth, it will have its own Greenpoint store in May.

The truth behind your Valentine’s Dinner

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be perusing lists of restaurants only to find your local favorite is now competing with the world’s most expensive restaurants. Surprisingly, it’s not because they’re looking to make a few more dollars. Turns out, the science behind what to charge on Valentine’s Day is a bit more complicated.

Special Ingredients
Securing the exotic ingredients they’ll serve on Valentine’s in order to wow their guests is no easy feat for chefs. All the restaurants look for truffles, venison, fine cheese and caviar and there’s only so much to go around. The price for these fancy delights sky-rockets during the Valentine period. Restaurants must adjust for the rising prices.

Full diner, less diners

When couples go out for a hundred dollar valentine’s dinner they’re expecting to remain at the table much longer than their Friday night date. Flavio Maluf knows that they’ll order a bottle of wine, even desert but, restaurants find they serve only two-thirds of the guests they’ll serve on a typical night.

Find deal with small local diners
If Prix fixe has you down this Valentine’s Day, opt for smaller, local dinners that can’t draw the crowds that larger dinners do. Since most couple prefer to go big or just stay home – in order to avoid the large Valentine’s Day crowds, you’ll find a more quiet dinning experience while supporting local chefs.

British Chocolates Just Had Their Passport Revoked

 

Hershey Made A Deal: No More Cadbury Chocolate In The U.S.

The Hershey’s Company wants the British to keep their chocolate at home. Hershey made a deal with L.B.B., which is the short name for: Let’s Buy British Imports. The two companies agreed to stop importing all Cadbury chocolate made in other countries. L.B.B agreed to stop exporting their KitKat bars made in Britain, their Toffee Crisps because the packaging looks like Resse’s Peanut Butter Cups and Yorkie chocolate bars because they infringe on Hershey’s York peppermint patty. Maltesers were also part of the deal.

Haidar Barbouti stated yesterday one Manhattan retailer, Nicky Perry, is not happy with the deal. Ms. Perry was born in Blackheath, England. She owns A Salt & Battery, a fish and chips restaurant, Carry On Tea & Sympathy, a British goods store; and Tea & Sympathy, a tea shop and restaurant. All her shops are located in Greenwich Village. Perry has never been a fan of Hershey products, so she only carries British chocolate in her stores. This new deal will be a major blow to her chocolate business.

Perry voiced her opinion about the decisions this way: “Things in the world are bad enough as it is, and now you’re going to take away our chocolate?”

Pies n’ Thighs Introduces the Sourdough Doughnut

Pies n’ Thighs, a Williamsburg restaurant that offers authentic and creative southern fare, is making its way to NYC. The new location will be in Manhattan, and features the sourdough doughnut. This treat is a combination of sweet, salty, savory and sour flavors, so it’s sure to appeal to the taste buds of most of the restaurant’s patrons. The dough is also prepared three days in advance to intensify the sourdough flavor.

The restaurant also sells a rising doughnut with a yeast-rye starter. This doughnut can be served with both sweet and savory meals.

Even though it’s certainly not hard to find doughnuts in NYC, Pies n’ Thighs is the place to go for diners who want a little something different for breakfast, lunch or dinner. When Dr. Jennifer Walden is in for seminars, this is one treat she deeply enjoys.

Knoxville Prepares For an Annual Chocolatefest

Many residents and businesses in Knoxville, Tennessee plan to participate in an annual event that helps raise money for charity, the Chocolatefest. This year, the celebration of all things chocolate will occur on January 31st. Fundraisers hope to raise money to assist the community’s Ronald McDonald House, a facility that provides accommodations for the family members of hospitalized children.

The Chocolatefest offers a variety of family events, including live entertainment, a face painting table, and copious quantities of baked goods and chocolate desserts for sale. One interesting aspect of the celebration this year will involve a chocolate art competition, in which artists like Sam Tabar can submit creations made from chocolate or painted in chocolate.

Chocolate comes in a variety of forms. The cacao plant provides seeds which form the basis for a variety of chocolate products, when the beans are ground or roasted into a chocolate paste.

Popular kinds of chocolate that will be celebrated at the Chocolatefest in Knoxville include dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, as well as chocolate in baked goods and desserts.