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    School Meal Changes Sought

    School Meal Changes Sought
    A new report calls for dramatic changes in the meals served to schoolchildren, including offering students a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and limiting sodium and calories. The changes could cost more, but the investment could help improve children's eating habits and overall health, says Virginia Stallings, chairman of the panel that prepared the Institute of Medicine report. She's a ...
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    Obesity is Now a National Security Issue

    Obesity is Now a National Security Issue
    We need programs like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" to ensure the health—and safety—of future generations. "Lets Move," says Michelle Obama in her first nationwide initiative as First Lady, and the country needs to do just that. With two thirds of American adults, and one third of American children overweight or obese, Michelle Obama has taken a bold, public step to address ...
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    Developer of Chili's Restaurant Chain Dies

    Developer of Chili's Restaurant Chain Dies
    Norman Brinker, a restaurant mogul who popularized the salad bar and built a worldwide casual dining empire that includes Chili's Grill & Bar, died Tuesday at age 78. Brinker died at a hospital in Colorado, said Robin Rymer at Swan-Law Funeral Home in Colorado Springs. She did not know the cause of death. Before retiring as chairman of Dallas-based Brinker International ...
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    Despite Economy, Consumers Still Find Means to Dine Out

    Despite Economy, Consumers Still Find Means to Dine Out
    PROVIDENCE - Mediterraneo restaurant on Atwells Avenue was full, with a large private party upstairs. Not far away, Siena Restaurant was also bustling on a raw and rainy Thursday night. Pane e Vino also did well. Looking to this weekend, Federal Hill restaurant owners say they'll be jammed, thanks not only to local customers but to Brown University's parents weekend. "My ...
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    Lindsay Pomeroy and Wine Smarties: Teaching Wine to San Diego

    Lindsay Pomeroy and Wine Smarties: Teaching Wine to San Diego
    In the airport, on the way to visit my sister last summer, I picked up a copy of Wine Spectator. The issue covered the top sommeliers in the country, organized by city. Searching for something familiar, I looked at New York City, Boston, and finally San Diego, places where I had once lived. To my surprise, a college friend of mine ...
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    Food Inc: Reclaiming America, Bite by Bite

    Food Inc: Reclaiming America, Bite by Bite
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on June 10, 2009. "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are." Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Food is everything, in the best of ways. It is what ties us to our friends and families, what holds us to our traditions and the planet, what keeps us coming together each ...
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    How to Use Your Phone to Choose Dinner

    How to Use Your Phone to Choose Dinner
    When four American University students set up a recipe-sharing website in 1997 their motivation was anthropological rather than commercial. However, within 10 years their website, designed to explore how people share recipes had grown into one of the world's biggest food websites - allrecipes.com According to vice president of marketing, Esmee Williams, it was people at home rather than web entrepeneurs, ...
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    Where Does Your Food Come From? New Labels Tell You Almost Everything

     Where Does Your Food Come From? New Labels Tell You Almost Everything
    There are new labels showing up on some food items in grocery stores - and they're pretty cool. Literally. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws took effect in March, and the new labels will help consumers discover exactly where their food is coming from. The labels are being stuck on muscle cuts of beef, including veal, lamb, pork, goat and chicken, ...
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    Slim Jim Plant Explodes

    Slim Jim Plant Explodes
    GARNER, N.C. - Three people were missing and 20 taken to hospitals after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina, officials said Tuesday. Jeffrey Hammerstein, district chief with Wake County Emergency Medical Services, said five injured people were tagged as priority patients with serious conditions. Hammerstein said officials were searching for three people missing from the ...
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    Lhasa, Tibet's First and Only Export Beer, Makes U.S. Debut

    Lhasa, Tibet's First and Only Export Beer, Makes U.S. Debut
    Lhasa Beer, an all-malt European style lager imported from Tibet, will launch U.S. sales in Texas this August through specialty food retailers and on-premise establishments. It will soon be available at other retail locations across the U.S. "From the roof of the world to U.S. bars, restaurants and American dining room tables, we will bring American beer aficionados a tasty lager ...
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    For the Obamas, Date Night in Paris

    For the Obamas, Date Night in Paris
    PARIS-Ah, Paris. The city of love. And the city of this week's presidential date night. A week after flying to New York for dinner and a Broadway show, President Barack Obama and first lady, Michelle, dined at a cozy neighborhood bistro just a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower. The president and first lady were in France to join their counterparts ...
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    Nasty Habits of Food Network Celebrities

    Nasty Habits of Food Network Celebrities
    This article was originally published in the Huffington Post on April 15, 2009. Put away your tin foil, Giada de Laurentiis enthusiasts; lay down your many meats, Guy Ferari fans; and please, Sandra Lee watchers, resist buying all of the pre-packaged ingredients you can easily make on your own. Food Network viewers be warned: your favorite celebrity chef is encouraging wasteful, ...
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    In-N-Out Burger: Professionalizing Fast-Food

    In-N-Out Burger: Professionalizing Fast-Food
    The regional chain In-N-Out Burger has held its own against giants Burger King and McDonald's by stressing employee retention If you live in California or Arizona, you know In-N-Out Burger. Otherwise, the 232-restaurant chain may ring a bell only because of Paris Hilton. She was famously on her way to satisfy an In-N-Out urge when she was charged with DUI in ...
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    Nanofood: Safe and Green Cuisine

    Nanofood: Safe and Green Cuisine
    Food created with nanotechnology is healthful for humans and environmentally friendly. Pro or con? Pro: Dish up the Nanofood Russel Wheeler & Cozen O'Connor The statistics are alarming. Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention show that one in four Americans is sickened by a food-borne illness each year. Moreover, producing and distributing food accounts for approximately 19% ...
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    Why I Still Eat Out

    Why I Still Eat Out
    What is it about new restaurants that get me so excited? Can’t we just stay home and cook, secure in the knowledge that good food made well is not only enough, it’s also more affordable? Of course we can’t. Because the restaurant, most particularly the new restaurant is like a candy store for the senses. With all the doom and gloom ...
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    Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today's Consumers - But Most Don't Know It Yet

     Kosher, Halal Foods Meet Demands of Today's Consumers - But Most Don't Know It Yet
    Kosher and halal foods - as defined by the sacred dietary laws of Jews and Muslims, respectively - must be produced and processed according to standards that far exceed those imposed by the U.S. government. In kosher and halal food production, sanitation requirements are more exacting, supervision is more rigorous, inspection is more frequent, prohibitions against certain ingredients and contaminants are ...
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    Zagat Survey Finds Diners Spending Less But Getting Better Deals

    Zagat Survey Finds Diners Spending Less But Getting Better Deals
    Zagat Survey, the company that publishes grassroots restaurant guides, just sent us the results of a dining survey that may answer a few questions we all have about how restaurants are doing in this down economy. The survey is based on 145,000 local restaurant-goers in 45 U.S. markets. If you look at No. 5, you'll see why I often emphasize service ...
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    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?

    Why Is Italian Cooking So Popular?
    I have often wondered which cuisine is better -- French or Italian. There is no question that Italian cuisine is more popular, but is it better? I still don't know the answer to this question, I guess it is up to each person's taste. However, after visiting my favorite Italian store today for umpteenth time here in southwestern Ontario, I realized ...
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    Chipotle Plans Major Solar Power Initiative

    Chipotle Plans Major Solar Power Initiative
    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) (NYSE: CMG.B) announced today it is partnering with Houston-based Standard Renewable Energy (SRE) to install solar panels on approximately 75 Chipotle restaurants over the next year. In all, Chipotle has committed to panels that will produce 500 kilowatt hours of electricity, making Chipotle the largest direct producer of solar energy in the restaurant industry. "Our effort ...
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    Top Chefs Push Obama to Improve Food Policy

    Top Chefs Push Obama to Improve Food Policy
    WASHINGTON—Visiting one of his favorite Chicago restaurants in November, Barack Obama was asked by an excited waitress if he wanted the restaurant's special margarita made with the finest ingredients, straight up and shaken at the table. "You know that's the way I roll," Obama replied jokingly. Rick Bayless, the chef of that restaurant, Topolobampo, says Obama's comfortable demeanor at the table—slumped ...
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