Alyson Mar, RD's Blog – July 2009 Archive (4)

Exposure Opportunity for Restaurants in the SF Bay Area

On Thursday, November 5th, 2009, City of Dreams (a charity which I am a part of) will host our annual gala fundraiser, SF 1900: A Night in the Barbary Coast, which benefits the City of Dreams mentorship and youth development program.

We invite local San Francisco/Bay Area restaurants to participate in this exciting event by donating appetizers to serve the expected 750 local guests.

City of Dreams: City of Dreams is… Continue

Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 28, 2009 at 5:21pm — No Comments

San Francisco Chef's Food & Wine Festival

A friend of mine works for a company that is promoting first annual San Francisco Chef's Food & Wine Festival so I couldn’t help but look into it and get excited. After doing some reading on the event website I have confirmed that this is going to be an amazing event so I thought I would share some information about the event and a promo code with my fellow FohBohers.

The website describes the event as:

“a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor,… Continue

Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 24, 2009 at 11:37am — 1 Comment

Menu Labeling: Whose Call is it?

I had never heard of the term “Nanny State” until I started getting involved with menu labeling. For those of you who also associate the term “nanny” with an English lady who takes care of people’s children “nanny state” refers to government regulations that are perceived to be unnecessary and, attempt to overinstitutionalize our lives.

The government already has a pretty tight control over how restaurants run their businesses like minimum wage, food handling and safety, and of… Continue

Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 22, 2009 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Where does Nutrition Information come from?

This question may seem a lot less scary than your eight year old asking you where babies come from, but brace yourself like the old-age evolution question this is not a short answer. The truth is food and nutrients are chemicals, and they contribute to our health and lives, and therefore you must read on.

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning:

Ok, I’ll spare you the details of the origins, but let’s talk about chemical testing. This is what most people think of when… Continue

Added by Alyson Mar, RD on July 8, 2009 at 5:05pm — 8 Comments




Social Wine Club for Craft Wineries


Chains make chicken the star of the menu

High beef and pork prices are making chicken the go-to meat more than ever, boosting wholesale prices for producers and spurr -More

Americans continue to eat less fish

The average American is consuming only 14.4 pounds of fish per year, down from the record high of 16.6 pounds in 2004, Ben Di -More


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National News

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.

Restaurant Sales Bounced Back in March

Restaurant sales posted a solid gain in March, and bounced back completely from the recent soft patch. Eating and drinking place sales totaled $47.3 billion on a seasonally-adjusted basis in March, up 1.1 percent from February's upward-revised sales volume of $46.8 billion, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.

McAlister's Deli Signs Franchise Agreement to Expand to Cleveland

McAlister's Deli announced it has signed a development agreement with an experienced multi-unit operator to develop three restaurants in the Cleveland, Ohio, area - the brand's first locations in the market.

Restaurant Trends - Growing And Emerging Concepts - Change and Activity April 16, 2014

Update from on growing and emerging restaurant concepts

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces CFO Departure in May

The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.


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TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.

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