Everybody needs a (spuddy) buddy

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Everybody needs a buddy, as our Maggie Giuffrida found out from the Idaho Potato Commission. Armand Lobato provided the lowdown on all the marketing materials the commission has available — including its irresistible Spuddy Buddy mascot.

Food safety comes first throughout Chick-fil-A supply chain

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We all think of chicken when we think of Chick-fil-A, but salads and other produce are a hugely important part of the chain's success. Chick-fil-A Manager of Food Chain Safety Steven Lyon talks about how the fast food giant keeps food safety top-of-mind.

"Food safety is critical to Chick-fil-A — we're the No. 1 chicken chain restaurant but we also serve over 160 million pounds of fresh produce annually," Lyons said. "Literally from the farm to the back door of the restaurant, we make sure items are being produced safely, verified through audits and validated for the highest risks. It shows complete alignment with our food chain partners."

How does Christopher Ranch peel all that garlic?

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What do auto mechanics and Christopher Ranch have in common? A lot, when it comes to garlic.

Imperfect garlic bulbs are still perfectly delicious, they're just not cosmetically appealing. So how to save a significant part of a crop and turn what was once a loss into a new category? In the early 1980s, Christopher Ranch tried forced water, rubber rollers — anything they could think of — to no avail.

Our Assistant Editor Maggie Giuffrida talks with Rick Dyer to find out the surprising story behind the company's ultimate success with a product that first came to market about three decades ago.

The social side of PMA Foodservice and Monterey

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MONTEREY, CA — Our Maggie Giuffrida did a little California dreaming while we were on the West Coast for the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo here.

From Pebble Beach to Cannery Row, the Pacific Coast Highway to a little French bakery, the journey ends with a visit to the Church Bros. annual ranch bash in the Salinas hills.

Cooking with the Fit Foodie at the PMA Foodservice show

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MONTEREY, CA — Chef Mareya Ibrahim, the Fit Foodie, is an award-winning chef, entrepreneur and media veteran who showed our Maggie Giuffrida how to whip up a mean Kohlrabi Hash Three-Way at the PMA Foodservice show here.

The secret ingredient? Well that would be a secret, wouldn't it. OK, it's truffle oil. Foodies, get ready for a Sunday morning brunch that's easy to make and hard to forget. Check out more from Chef Mareya at eatcleaner.com.