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Grammy award winning singer Pharrell, from left, poses with his father Pharaoh Williams and nightlife guru David Grumman at the Swan restaurant in Miami's design district, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The singer hosted a soul food brunch Saturday along with his father who is a self-taught chef, as part of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (AP Photo/Kelli Kennedy)

Singer Pharrell is making music on Miami's restaurant scene

Feb. 23, 2020 1:20 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Grammy award-winning singer Pharrell may have been fired from three different McDonald's as a teen, but that didn't stop him from opening what has become one of the hottest restaurants in Miami. The singer hosted a soul food brunch Saturday along with his dad Pharaoh, a self-taught chef, known...

Demand up for riverboat tours along private border wall

Feb. 23, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MISSION, Texas (AP) — The Riverside Club is a popular South Texas hangout for retirees and Winter Texans who want to enjoy a taste of Americana while gazing at another country from the banks of the Rio Grande. The laid back, honky tonk-style bar has for years appealed to seniors in cowboy hats, boots and...

Student to chef: Woman tells story of culinary dreams

Feb. 23, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When Erika Castaneda tells her culinary students that she was once in their shoes, many don’t believe her. Before she became the executive chef at The Bistro, a student-run restaurant at Lanier College & Career Academy, she was a wide-eyed high school student learning...

Alaska bars, breweries propose bill rewriting alcohol laws

Feb. 22, 2020 6:29 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An agreement was reached over drinks between a bar association and a brewing association in Alaska that could rewrite alcohol laws and change how people enjoy their beverages across the state. The agreement produced a bill that would bring changes for brewery, winery and distillery...

Oregon business tax greeted with confusion, consternation

Feb. 22, 2020 10:02 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ross Stock has known since last spring that his softwood lumber mill in Toledo would be subject to Oregon’s new, $1 billion business tax. Nine months later, though, he still doesn’t know what it will cost him. The new corporate activity tax, which went into effect...

Kevin Lipps adds some scallions to the top of his finished gumbo with rice at his home on Feb. 9, 2020 in Frederick, Md.   Lipps lived and ran a restaurant outside of New Orleans for two years where he learned how to make a proper gumbo.  (Crystal Schelle/The Frederick News-Post via AP)

Former NOLA restaurateur serves Cajun cuisine in Maryland

Feb. 22, 2020 9:00 AM EST

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — It’s a recent Sunday afternoon at the Frederick home of Kevin Lipps and his wife, Lauren, and from the front room, the spicy aroma of a simmering pot of gumbo hits the nose. Lipps, a Frederick native, ran a restaurant in New Orleans for two years where he learned to perfect the...

GroShed technical engineer Jake Stern stands next to one of the company's sheds at the Home and Remodeling Show in Minneapolis on Jan. 31, 2020. Stern said plants grow fast under special LED lights, which also keep the inside of the structure warm. (Martin Moylan/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

Home greenhouse options grow in Minnesota

Feb. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A short growing season. Sudden, killing frosts. Minnesota is tough territory for gardeners, but an Emily, Minnesota-based company is enabling folks to grow their own organic veggies — in bulk — through our long, cold, dark winters. "We can get up to 500 planting locations...

In this Feb. 7, 2020, photo, David Barranco shows car magnets he is giving out at his restaurant, Chappy's Deli, in Montgomery, Ala. In 2014, Chappy’s won the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Award for its work in the community. The restaurant competed with the area’s largest banks, law firms and other businesses for the award because Barranco’s restaurants employed so many people. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Chappy's Deli owner carves out a life of service

Feb. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — David Barranco was three years old when his father died. His mother wound up in Montgomery with four young boys and no money. “She dug in,” he said. “She taught us to work hard, to pray hard, to take care of each other and to take care of others. We’ve...

Bill to require bottled water to be chemical-free

Feb. 21, 2020 5:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bottle water companies may soon have to ensure their products meet the same standards as public drinking water in New Hampshire for a range of compounds. The move follows a scare last year in which high levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, collectively known as...

Lobbyists Scott Schneider, left, of the Kansas Restaurant and Hospitality Association, and Kristi Brown of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, watch as a Kansas House committee debates a bill their groups support on single-use plastic bags and straws, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The bill approved by the committee prohibits cities and counties from banning them for the next five years. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas business groups mobilize to stop local plastics bans

Feb. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas business groups have mobilized to snuff out a budding movement among a few cities to ban single-use plastic bags and straws, frustrating environmentalists who can't get the Republican-controlled Legislature to tackle climate issues. The GOP-led House commerce committee on Friday...