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Food & Hospitality

Marilou Halvorsen, president and CEO, New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association, at Firehouse Subs in Lawrenceville.

Food for thought (access required)

When fast-casual dining chain Poke Bros. announced in early July that it would open its first location in the state this fall, the notice didn’t just mark the arrival of another eatery. Instead, say some experts, it highlighted the way that demographic and other trends are driving more people to eat out.

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CBD‑infused lavendar chai.

CBD … It’s what’s for dinner. Or coffee. Or a snack (access required)

Cannabidiol is approved for only one use by the FDA: a drug to treat a rare form of epilepsy. But due in part to the legalization of hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill and a new abundance of available hemp-derived oil, it’s now become what three out of four chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association last year saw as one of the hottest trends for 2019.

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