King of Falafel Takes Vendys; Seafood Soup All the Rage

First lady Michelle Obama hosted spouses of world leaders at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where a lunch of ingredients from the farm and from the White House garden was served. [AP]

The King of Falafel won best vendor and People's Choice at the 2010 Vendy Awards. Fares (Freddy) Zeideia can usually be found at 30th Street and Broadway in Astoria. [NY Daily News]

New York restaurants are calling for new guidelines on workers' tips and pay, including higher wages, mandated tip pooling, and exemption from uniform cleaning allowances. [Wall Street Journal]

Think our food truck wars are bad? D.C. is considering banning food trucks from metered parking, limiting parking to 30 minutes, and keeping them 100 feet from any restaurant. [Wall Street Journal]

Sotheby's heirloom vegetable auction brought in more than $100,000, including $3,200 for Greenmarket tours and $1,000 each for 10 crates of produce. [Diner's Journal]

Nestlé has announced that it will invest hundreds of millions to produce more products with health benefits that could help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. [Wall Street Journal]

Seafood soup is all the rage. Some 21.7 percent of chains and independent restaurants now have a seafood soup or chowder on the menu. [Nation's Restaurant News]

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