Food and drink

Chef Mario Batali departs after pleading not guilty, Friday, May 24, 2019, at municipal court in Boston, to an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
May 24, 2019 - 10:52 am
BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali, 58, wearing his signature red ponytail and a blazer, did not speak...
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May 20, 2019 - 4:39 pm
It's a turbulent time for meal kit companies. Blue Apron said Monday it could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange because its closing share price has been lower than $1 since early May. The company's share price plunged 8% to close at 68 cents. New York-based Blue Apron will try to raise...
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May 19, 2019 - 7:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's fledgling commercial seaweed industry is growing, with producers excited about this year's harvest. There were no commercial seaweed farmers in Alaska five years ago, though there have long been subsistence seaweed harvests along Alaska coasts. Now, there are 16...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, a student eats lunch at William Allen School in Rochester, N.H. Oregon has approved the largest statewide expansion of the federal free lunch program, ensuring all students living up to three times above the poverty line will have access to free meals. It's the first time a state has offered to completely take on school meal costs, which can often run tens of thousands of dollars for individual school districts. The move is expected to provide hundreds of thousands of students with free breakfast and lunch. (John Huff/Portsmouth Herald via AP, File)
May 16, 2019 - 6:13 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is spending $40 million to dramatically expand its federal free breakfast and lunch program, ensuring that more than 60 percent of its 400,000 public school students will be included, the largest statewide effort in the country. The program is based on providing free meals...
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May 16, 2019 - 4:59 pm
LONDON (AP) — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a 4,500-pound ($5,760) bottle of red wine. The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead...
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May 16, 2019 - 2:25 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 15 about a California cafe serving what it calls the world's most expensive coffee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the coffee beans are organic. They are not. The coffee is selling for $75 a cup. A corrected version of the story is below:...
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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2018, file photo a person uses a soda fountain dispenser at the Back Bowl bowling alley in Eagle, Colo. A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales but whether they influence health remains unclear. The new results were published Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
May 14, 2019 - 11:16 am
A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into account an increase in sales in...
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In this Aug. 23, 2017, courtesy of Quiet Pictures, Rene Reyes Ornelas, a 41 year-old Mexican farmworker, works picking grapes during his second harvest in Sonoma, Calif. "Harvest Season," a new PBS documentary scheduled to begin airing Monday, May 13, 2019, examines the contributions of Mexican Americans in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley. (Roberto "Bear" Guerra/Quiet Pictures via AP)
May 11, 2019 - 12:50 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For generations, Mexican-born Gustavo Brambila's family has worked in the wine industry of California's Napa Valley in some form. He went to college on a baseball scholarship but the passion of flowery aromas and crisp peach flavor remained in his soul and he eventually got...
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May 10, 2019 - 8:55 am
MILTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware-based craft beer company Dogfish Head Brewery is being acquired by the Boston-based brewer of Sam Adams beer in a $300 million cash and stock deal. The Boston Beer Company announced Thursday that it had entered into definitive agreements to acquire all of the equity...
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May 08, 2019 - 8:29 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A famous South American chef says he was stopped as he brought 40 piranhas in a duffel bag through Los Angeles International Airport. Virgilio Martinez, chef-owner of Central restaurant in Peru, tells the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he hoped to serve the predatory, sharp-...
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