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Tricia Smith Tricia Smith edits food, beverage and CPG briefs and manages SmartBlog on Food & Beverage. A former intern and writer at SmartBrief, she graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park. You can follow her on Twitter @SB_Food.

As the healthy dining trend continues to gain steam, restaurants are not only competing with each other for consumers’ dining dollars, they also need to consider the growing amount of health-conscious eaters who choose to prepare food at home in order to have control over ingredients and portion size.

Offering a healthy menu with customizable options can help restaurants win these customers back and attract new ones.[…] Continue Reading »

Healthy Dining works to inspire chefs to create healthier options for consumers and help diners find meals that fit into a healthy lifestyle. Last fall, the initiative’s dining and nutrition guide, HealthyDiningFinder.com, launched a mobile site featuring 4,000 menu items served at more than 60,000 participating restaurants to make it even easier for consumers to find healthy options on the go.[…] Continue Reading »

The gluten-free market continues to grow as food companies and restaurants expand their offerings to cater to consumers’ appetite for gluten-free foods. Gluten-free dishes appeared on 9.4% of menus in 2013, compared with 1.8% in 2009, according to Datassential’s MenuTrends Database. But even as the segment grows and “gluten-free” continues to be a buzzword among consumers and foodservice professionals, gluten-free dishes still account for less than 1% of menu items across all categories.[…] Continue Reading »

When each of his grandchildren was born, Francis Ford Coppola wrote them a song. He crafted each heartfelt ditty especially for each child, with details about her name or personality. The acclaimed director and winery proprietor puts a similar emphasis on family when it comes to his wine business, calling on his family members for inspiration and even to design labels and marketing campaigns.[…] Continue Reading »

Dr. Tim Ryan, president of The Culinary Institute of America, has been elected to the National Restaurant Association‘s Board of Directors, the CIA announced Monday.

Ryan has served on the NRA’s Educational Foundation Board of Trustees since 2011, the same year the NRA awarded its Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award to the Institute, honoring the CIA for its El Sueño initiative at the San Antonio campus. 

“I am pleased to help the industry that has given such support to the CIA and provided such great career opportunities to our graduates– myself included,” Ryan said in a news release.[…] Continue Reading »