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The California Chefs Showcasing the Diversity of Native American Cuisine

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BISON MEATBALLS BATHED IN BLUEBERRY sauce. Roasted fiddlehead ferns. Acorn crêpes topped with maple cream. These are just a few examples of what Indigenous chefs are serving at restaurants across California. Three spots in particular are dedicated to championing Native foods and culture in the state. Their chefs cite the same formative experience: growing up wondering why every other culture had a restaurant featuring its cuisine, but seeing none that reflected their own Native foodways.

Cafe Ohlone, the first Indigenous restaurant in California, opened in 2018 on the back patio of a Berkeley bookstore. Founders Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino rooted their restaurant in the cuisine and traditions of their Ohlone people and their ancestral homeland of Northern California. But despite accolades for their meals of locally gathered ingredients, the pandemic forced the closure of their cozy pop-up spot in 2020.

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Uber Eats launches pilot autonomous food delivery services in California

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US-based online ordering and delivery firm Uber Eats, part of Uber Technologies, has rolled out pilot autonomous food delivery services in two California cities, namely Santa Monica and West Hollywood.

These pilots have been launched in collaboration with startups Motional and Serve Robotics, reported Reuters.

Motional is an autonomous vehicle joint venture firm of Hyundai Motor and Aptiv.

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‘A double-edged sword’: Delivery apps helped Modesto restaurants survive the pandemic

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After navigating the closings, openings, supply shortages and staffing issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, local restaurants and retailers are emerging with a changed relationship with their customers.

Part of that change, particularly for restaurants, has been the rise of third party delivery apps. In the Central Valley, restaurants and grocers embraced the convenience of no-contact takeout and delivery option services like DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats.

New data from the University of California, Riverside shows that app-based delivery services greatly boosted Central Valley restaurants, grocers and merchants across the region.

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Food truck park proposed for downtown Turlock

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Over three acres of food and fun could soon be coming to downtown Turlock as Torre Reich Construction has submitted to the City plans for a new food truck park.

The construction company is spearheading plans to develop two parcels at 576 S. Center St. and 590 S. Golden State Blvd. so that they can host food trucks, live entertainment, retail vendors and more — a project called Trax Food Park.

Torre Reich Construction project coordinator Jenn Weenk said the proposed project came from a desire to provide another family-friendly entertainment facility in Turlock.

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‘A community effort’: Turlock teens start Kitchens for Change to help tackle food insecurity

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Some Turlock teens have been inspired by World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit that responds to national disasters to feed those in need, to tackle food insecurity locally.

Food is cooked, assembled and packaged to-go by Kitchens for Change.

“It’s just been incredible. So many kids are willing and able to come out and help and have fun doing it,” said Elias Rabine, the president and founder of Kitchens for Change.

The high school club is getting hands-on experience, serving their community.

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La Mo chef overcomes adversity, branches out with new food truck

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Name of business: Tito’s Parrilla

Type of business: Food truck and catering

Location: 401 S. Golden State Blvd., Turlock

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Contact information: 209-585-8422

Specialty: “El Valle” style menu items

History of business:

Starting a new business is almost always an uphill climb, but Delhi resident Tito Alvarez could never have imagined the trials and tribulations he would face on his way to opening up Turlock’s newest food truck, Tito’s Parrilla, at just 26 years old.

The truck’s story began two years ago when Alvarez and his father bought a used food truck right before the start of the pandemic, and Alvarez planned on using the vehicle to expand upon his already successful catering business. Many Turlock residents are likely familiar with his cooking; he’s served as La Mo Cafe’s executive chef since 2018 and has worked at the restaurant since 2015.

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Sweet dreams are made of this: Conchitas Food Truck opens in Turlock

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TURLOCK, Calif. — There's a new way to escape the heat in Turlock courtesy of Conchitas Food Truck and their delicate blend of Mexican sweet treats and ice cream.

With a background in communication and marketing, Anne Di Grazia and Martha Jauregui chose to pursue their own side hustle in their hometown of Turlock.

The duo originally thought about a brick and mortar building but the plan fell through due to COVID-19.

"Originally, the guy who made our trailer had the date set for December but because of COVID, it was pushed back to June," Di Grazia said.

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Virus impacts food processing procedures

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As the spread of the coronavirus forces closures of major meat processing facilities around the country, concerns about worker safety and the nation’s meat supply have the industry doubling down on precautions.

On Monday, JBS — the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork — announced it would be indefinitely closing its pork production plant in Worthington, Minnesota. The facility is the third JBS plant to suspend operations following a surge in coronavirus cases, following the closure of their beef facility in Colorado last week and another in Pennsylvania, which has since reopened.

Additionally, other major meat processors including Tyson Foods have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Tyson’s pork processing plant in Iowa is partially reopening this week after an outbreak of its own, which resulted in two employee deaths and 148 positive cases of the virus. Others throughout the country remain closed.

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Global Almond ingredients Market research to Witness Increased Revenue Growth Owing to Rapid Increase in Demand || Barry Callebaut, Olam International, Archer Daniels Midland Company

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Market Analysis: Global Almond Ingredients Market

Global almond ingredients market is undergoing with a healthy CAGR of 11.50% in the forecast period of 2019-2026. The report contains data of the base year 2018 and historic year 2017. The factors responsible for this growth in the market value are rise in consumption of food & beverage in the various developing regions and increasing awareness about nutritional benefits of almond

Few of the major competitors currently working in the global almond ingredients are Royal Nut Company, TREEHOUSE ALMONDS, The Wonderful Company LLC, Kanegrade Ltd., SAVENCIA SA, BORGES AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL NUTS, S.A; JOHN B. SANFILIPPO & SON, INC., Blue Diamond Growers, Barry Callebaut, Olam International, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Sahale Snacks, Inc., The Hershey Company., Russell Stover Chocolates, LLC,  Sanitarium,   Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Döhler, OLOMOMO Nut Company., Jonny Almond Nut Company., Helios Ingredients and among others.

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