True Food Kitchen chief people officer named

True Food Kitchen taps former Shake Shack exec to lead Human Resources

Peggy Rubenzer’s career in hospitality cultures spans three decades

True Food Kitchen named Peggy Rubenzer chief people officer. This follows the appointment of Shannon Keller to the chief marketing officer role earlier this year. The Phoenix, Ariz.-based chain hired Rubenzer to oversee True Food Kitchen’s Human Resources and Training functions. The True Food Kitchen chief people officer will report to Christine Barone, its chief executive, said the announcement.

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Red Lobster Summer Power Bowls, Seafood Lover's Menu debut

Red Lobster Summer Power Bowls on the menu

Dragon Power Bowl, Summer Power Bowl featured as lunchtime options

Red Lobster Summer Power Bowls are new lunchtime options for the season. Additionally, the Orlando-based seafood chain is featuring Endless Soup, Salad and Biscuits. The Red Lobster Summer Power Bowls collection features the Dragon Power Bowl and the Summer Power Bowl. Endless Soup, Salads and Biscuits and the Summer Power Bowl collection make up the new Red Lobster Seafood Lover’s Lunch Menu.

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Shelby Township Coffee Beanery opens in June

Shelby Township Coffee Beanery opens in June

Ribbon cutting ceremony held June 7

This month, Coffee Beanery opens a new location in Shelby Township, Mich., just over 60 miles from its home office in Flushing. The store will host its grand opening June 6-8. Coffee Beanery specializes in decadent specialty drinks and well-known indulgent creations, including the Black and White Frappalatte and Iced Fudge Ripple. The coffee chain also offers estate and Swiss Water Process decaf coffees.

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Del Frisco's Burger and Bordeaux Wine Pairings launched

Del Frisco’s Burger and Bordeaux Wine Pairings launched

Three unexpected combinations bring pairings to a new level

Del Frisco’s Burger and Bordeaux Wine Pairings will be featured at all Del Frisco’s Grille restaurants. The combinations conjure up an unexpected affair as the 23-unit chain looks to draw increased business this spring and summer. The special menu places premium wines from France side-by-side with Del Frisco’s burger dishes. The Bordeaux wines are sourced from the Southwest French region split by the Gironde River and the White Region.

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Krystal Frosted Slushie introduced for the summer

Krystal Frosted Slushie introduced for summer

The Krystal Company burger chain introduced new Frosted Slushies for summer. The Atlanta-based quick-service operator prepares the Krystal Frosted Slushie using its Sprite Slushie and adds soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Krystal offers the new frozen treat in lemonade, grape and fruit punch flavors.

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ProStart mentoring helps students gain an edge in foodservice careers

Mentoring, real-word training give ProStart vocational students the edge

Exposure to restaurant industry role models, leaders help define ProStart student careers

This month, about 400 students descended on Washington, D.C. for the 2019 National ProStart Invitational (NPSI). The competition is organized by the National Restaurant Educational Foundation (NRAEF). ProStart is a comprehensive, classroom–to-work vocational program that trains students in the culinary arts and restaurant management.

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Applebee's Loaded Fajitas launched to overcome low sizzletonin

Applebee’s Loaded Fajitas fight low sizzletonin, say chain’s marketers

Menu addition comes in choice of sirloin steak, chicken or shrimp

Applebee’s Loaded Fajitas have been introduced at its restaurants across the country. It tops the New Loaded Fajitas with a heaping serving of hot queso and Applewood-smoked bacon sprinkles. Additionally, Applebee’s offers the fajitas in sirloin steak, chicken and shrimp varieties. 1,830-unit Applebee’s serves the fajitas on a sizzling plate with ‘fajita vegetables’ and Spanish rice.

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National ProStart Invitational winners announced, including Texas as first place

National ProStart Invitational winners of 2019 competition awarded in D.C.

Texas, Florida win big at 2019 NPSI, top five teams recognized at Award Ceremony

As far as National ProStart Invitational winners go, the state of Texas was the top dog this year. Students at its Dr. Gene Burton College and Career Academy in Rockwall and Ben Barber Innovation Academy in Mansfield took home first place trophies in Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management competitions, respectively. The National ProStart Invitational (NPSI), held this year in Washington, D.C. at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, is a fierce student competition that is organized by the National Restaurant Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Florida also posted a strong showing this year, placing in the top five in Culinary and Restaurant Management.

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