Morton's The Steakhouse received the Illinois Restaurant Neighbor Award for community service after teaming up with Feed America, the largest domestic hunger-relief charity that supplies food to low-income individuals and families in the United States.

Morton's aims to raise a minimum of $75,000 this year to benefit Feeding America through multiple projects, including a silent auction and a 41-market cookbook tour supporting the launch of Morton's The Cookbook: 100 Steakhouse Recipes for Every Kitchen. All proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of ticket sales will go to Feeding America and its local food bank partners in Chicago. For more information, visit
The National Restaurant Association is encouraging restaurant and foodservice operators to prepare for the 15th annual National Food Safety Education Month in September. National Food Safety Education Month is a campaign that focuses on the importance of food safety education for the restaurant and foodservice industry. This year's theme is "Food Safety Thrives When You Focus on Five."

As part of the campaign, will offer training activities and free posters for download starting in mid-July that reinforce the theme of overcoming the five barriers to food safety. Each week will focus on one of the barriers: purchasing food from unsafe sources, failing to cook food adequately, holding food at incorrect temperatures, using contaminated equipment and practicing poor personal hygiene. These materials are based on the ServSafe food safety training and certification program.

National Food Safety Education Month was created in 1994 to heighten the awareness about the importance of food safety education. For more information, visit