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DeRushaEats: At Forepaugh’s in St. Paul


As you hopefully know by now, Chef Donald Gonzalez just won the $10,000 Minnesota Monthly Local Chef Challenge . After being part of the judging panel, I needed to know if Chef’s food at Forepaugh’s lived up to his performance at Mall of America.

Flatbread at Forepaugh's Restaurant

So last weekend, my wife and I made reservations (for the first time!) at the beautiful St. Paul mansion. Clearly I should have made a reservation undera fake name, because we were treated to a tour of Chef Gonzalez’s Read more

Consumers’ Definition of Healthy Eating Evolves

CHICAGO — Consumers’ perception of healthy food is changing as they become more health conscious, according to Technomic’s new Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report. They strongly associate contemporary definitions of health with local, natural, organic and sustainable food and drink, but also balance better-for-you food choices with occasional indulgences.


“More consumers than ever before tell us that eating healthy and paying attention to nutrition is important,” stated Darren Tristano, vice president of Technomic. “However, there’s a shift happening in terms of what actually defines healthy for them. We’re seeing more consumers gravitate toward health-halo claims — such as local, natural and organic, as well as whole-wheat and free-range. Operators can leverage this growing interest in the health halo by developing the kinds of menu offerings that can underscore health without detracting from the taste perception.” Read more

Jackson Public Schools students are dining with dignitaries all week for National School Lunch Week

JACKSON, MI – It’s a rare occasion for 8-year-old Alaysia Johnson to get to suggest what an adult has for lunch.

Jackson Public dining with dignitaries

It’s even rarer when that adult is Jackson Police Chief Matt Heins.

“I told him he should have some carrots,” said Alaysia, a third-grader at Jackson’s McCulloch Academy of Science and Technology. “They’re good.”

Heins and Jackson Mayor Martin Griffin visited McCulloch on Tuesday for “Chomp With Champions,” a celebration of National School Lunch Week. Read more

Cooking Up a Week-long Celebration for School Lunch

National School Lunch Week

National School Lunch Week Campaign Aims to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Choices

(Minnetonka, MN) Each year, there are more than 500 billion school lunches served nationwide via the National School Lunch Program. In recognition of the healthful eating Taher Professional
Food Service is celebrating National School Lunch Week (NSLW) this week, from October 15th-19th. The 2012 theme is: “School Lunch – What’s Cooking?” Read more

What do the New Calorie Standards Mean for my Child?

Posted by Dr. Robert Post, Deputy Director, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, on September 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM

You may have heard this year’s back to school season is a little different than in past years. There is a new, healthier look for the school lunch menu. These updates represent the first major changes to school meals in 15 years, and we know that these changes come with questions. We’ve promised to keep the dialogue open, and we are working to ensure that we answer them all. Read more