Michele Obama launches campaign to raise healthier children

ABC News reporters Sharyn Alfonsi and Christine Brozyna in the story “The Obamas fight against childhood obesity” write that First Lady Michelle Obama Pledges to Increase Number of Healthy Schools.

Childhood Obesity Battle Is Taken Up by First Lady – New York Times

First lady Michelle Obama: ‘Let’s move’ and work on childhood obesity problem – Washington Post

Michelle Obama says ‘Let’s Move’ on obesity in American kids – Christian Science Monitor

Fact Check: The cost of obesity – CNN

First Lady Michelle Obama Launches Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids – The White House

Angus Barn Named All-American Icon by Nation’s Restaurant News

In its Jan. 26 issue, Nation’s Restaurant News included Raleigh’s Angus Barn on its prestigious “NRN 50” list of All-American Icon restaurants.

Still going strong 50 years after its founding by Thad Eure Jr. and Charles Winston, the Angus Barn has thrived over the years by expanding its menu to include seafood and other dishes, adding a popular bar and lounge, maintaining an award-winning wine selection, offering special themed dinners, and more recently, opening a 500-seat year-round lakeside pavilion (www.thepavilionsattheangusbarn.com) for special events. The Angus Barn also opened two elegant dining rooms accommodating 30-plus guests each in its renowned wine cellar, along with a special teaching kitchen.

The Angus Barn has “become synonymous with hospitality and service excellence” according to Nation’s Restaurant News. That’s one of the primary reasons why the establishment made the NRN 50. The Angus Barn is the only North Carolina restaurant on the list.

Founded in 1960, the Angus Barn is a distinguished fine-dining establishment in Raleigh, N.C., owned and managed by Van Eure. Featured in Southern Living magazine and on the CBS program “48 Hours” for its cuisine and exemplary service, the Angus Barn has won numerous awards, including the Ivy Award, DiRöNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America) Award, Wine Spectator Grand Award and Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award. In 2006, Angus Barn’s Executive Chef Walter Royal, a Restaurant Guild International Five Star Chef of the Year, triumphed over a celebrity Iron Chef on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” television show. For more information, visit www.angusbarn.com.

New Student Restaurant Opens in Durham

Students get a taste of the working world, customers get a taste of classic American cuisine. The new District at 410 Blackwell serves up both a full lunch and a fast-paced classroom experience every Thursday and Friday, 11am-2pm, at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham in the American Tobacco Campus.

The District is the institute’s first local student-run restaurant. A new enterprise will set up shop in the institute’s full kitchen and vibrant dining space every semester, each with its own distinct flavor. For this inaugural run, the menu features classics in the Durham vein such as the Highway 147 Spinach Salad, The Bleu Devil Chicken Breast and The Home Run grilled carrot bread, prepared and served by a class of 12 who alternate between the front and back of the house.

“Our students do it all,” says Chef Dan Taylor, an 18 year restaurant veteran and director of the institute’s Culinary Arts program. “There will be glory and glitches, but the best way to prepare for a successful career is to have the full experience.”

To Mike DePrisco, the institute’s president, the District captures the school’s can-do creativity: “We chose this area because of its dynamic creative culture, and the District is one way we’re becoming active contributors to that culture. We’re a laboratory for the next generation of creators. Consider our restaurant a sneak peek of what’s to come.”

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, south side of the American Tobacco Campus in the Fowler Building, 410 Blackwell St., Durham will be serving every Thursday and Friday, 11am – 2pm (last seating at 1:30pm).  To make a reservation, call (919) 317-3200 or email thedistrict@aii.edu.

Food Ruler: Alex Cummings

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated announced that Alexander B. Cummings has been named to the company’s Board of Directors. Cummings is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. Born in Liberia, West Africa, Cummings joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1997 as Region Manager, Nigeria. In 2000, he was named President of the Company’s North & West Africa Division. In March 2001, he became President and Chief Operating Officer of the Africa Group, responsible for the Company’s operations in Africa, encompassing a total of 56 countries and territories across the continent.

Cummings serves on the Boards of Africare and Clark Atlanta University. In addition, Cummings has served on the Advisory Board of The African Presidential Archives & Research Center, The Corporate Council on Africa, The African-America Institute, and The Center for Global Development’s Commission on U.S. Policy toward Low-Income Poorly Performing States. Cummings holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Economics from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from Atlanta University.

Charlotte-based Coca-Cola Consolidated is the nation’s second largest Coca-Cola bottler with franchise territories in 10 Southeastern states

Southern Living: Celebrate Chocolate

Southern Living offers visions of chocolate in recipes for “Wickedly Delicious Chocolate Desserts,” just in time for Valentine’s Day.

What is a serving size?

Health News reporter Madeline Ellis in the article “Portion Distortion: How big is a serving?” asks how much food actually constitutes a healthy-sized portion?

Kraft and Sara Lee back Obama

The Chicago breaking news center reports in the article “Local food execs sign on to Michele Obama’s anti obesity campaign” that the program includes a pledge from 40 executives of major food producers and agribusinesses to help promote healthy eating.