Tooth of the matter

While trolling the Web for news late last week, I came across a story from The Washington Post regarding one-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich. The Ohio Democrat, a member of the House of Representatives, had sued Restaurant Associates for $150,000 over a broken tooth.


A doggone disgrace

Let’s file this news story under the arguments in favor of universal free lunch. I found the article particularly interesting because, years ago as a reporter for the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter, I used to cover this school district.

Because Foodservice Director is a monthly publication, we have made a conscious effort in recent years, in print at least, to steer clear of reporting on news stories such as the continuing saga of Congress and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act.

I had planned this week to regale readers with details of my wonderfully enlightening trip to Chile, and I still will do that, as well as post a photo slide show of the tour. But the trip had a somber aftermath, with the devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country early Saturday morning.

There are days when I am embarrassed to say that I am a member of the news media, and Wednesday was one of them. While checking my Google alerts for news that might be of interest to foodservice operators, I came across an article in an online newspaper called The Dallas Blog.

The U.S. Congress has taken the first step toward reauthorization of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs.

There was good news and bad news for non-commercial foodservice operators in a couple of recent report from restaurant industry analysts. Technomic Inc., the Chicago-based restaurant research company, noted that the recession has caused more people to entertain at home rather than out at restaurants and catering halls.

USC debuts first of three restaurants in nearby hotel

So far, the 2005-2006 growing season has been pretty favorable for salad greens. “The weather was phenomenal in the desert, where much of the winter produce is grown and the quality is excellent, with very little spoilage,” reports Teri Trost, sales manager of national accounts for Earthbound Farms.

Todd Foutty (rhymes with "howdy"), dir. of food operations at 750-bed MetroHealth Medical Ctr. in Cleveland, oversees—among other responsibilities—the implementation of a sophisticated cook-chill production and food delivery system that he initiated as part of a $3.5 million renovation begun in 1998.

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