Eataly Debuts Training Program for Career Changers; Lincoln Center Becomes New Culinary Hot Spot

Mario Batali gains a TV show, a 50,000-square-foot food emporium, and a new restaurant in Singapore, and loses 35 pounds by eating less meat and more vegetables. [Wall Street Journal]

Meanwhile, after receiving so many applications from career changers, the team behind Eataly has launched a special training program and expects to hire 50-75 people for it. [Wall Street Journal]

Agriculture experts in Massachusetts are teaching farmers to grow non-native vegetables that appeal to a growing market of African, Asian, and Latin American immigrants. [AP]

Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province in China, is looking to become the next global gourmet hot spot. [AFP]

The area around Lincoln Center is becoming the next culinary hot spot in the city, with new restaurants planned by Daniel Boulud, the Patina Group, and B.R. Guest. [NY Post]

This Is Why You're Fat fans will recognize the quarter-pounder at a Lebanese burger joint in Astoria: It comes on a doughnut bun with cheese and slices of halal turkey bacon. [NY Daily News]

Aspartame, previously listed by the Pentagon as a biochemical warfare agent, has been sold commercially for 30 years and can be found in more than 6,000 foods. [Huffington Post]

The Food Network's Adam Gertler's new show, Kid in a Candy Store, will feature the Treats Truck in the second episode. [NY Daily News]

René Redzepi of Noma in Copenhagen serves only foods that hail from the Nordic region, with the exceptions of things like coffee and chocolate. [NY Times]

The latest plan for Tavern on the Green would not include the wall of trees and shrubbery that ringed the Crystal Room, giving diners an unobstructed view of Sheep Meadow. [NY Times]

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