Food Stamp Spending at Greenmarkets on the Rise; The First Food Recalls of 2011
New regulations regarding tips in New York have restaurants scrambling to comply. The rules raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, and allow waiters, bartenders, bussers, sommeliers, and hosts -- provided they are not managers -- to be eligible for shared tips. [NY Times]
New York State has done away with its kosher law-enforcement division in order to meet budget cuts. Several Jewish leaders are lobbying to have the jobs restored. [Wall Street Journal]
New Yorkers spent more than $500,000 in food stamps at 40 of the city's greenmarkets over the last year, roughly twice the amount that was spent in 2009. [NY Daily News]
Mario Batali is one of several chefs around the country who has built an empire on the basis of local expansion, with each of his restaurants within blocks of each other. [Reuters]
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has called out Ina Garten and Gordon Ramsay for releasing cookbooks with "some of the worst possible ingredients." [Wall Street Journal]
The Post notices that kombucha is all the rage among "Hollywood starlets," and discovers that you can get a starter kit on Craigslist for $5. [NY Post]
2011 starts with food news that's so last year: a beef recall! Nature's Harvest and Organic Harvest beef products in six states may be contaminated with E. coli. [TopNews]
In other recall news: alfalfa sprouts. A multi-state salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 94 people. [Nation's Restaurant News]
Execs from such food chains as Starbucks, Burger King, and Chipotle have been deemed "to watch" in 2011. [Nation's Restaurant News]
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