Obamas Get a Garden

Michelle Obama will enlist the help of 23 fifth-graders to dig up a patch of the White House lawn in which an organic vegetable garden will be planted. The garden, the first since Eleanor Roosevelt's WWII victory garden, will be visible to passers-by. [NY Times]

Some of the city's A-list restaurateurs are interested in bidding on the Tavern on the Green space in Central Park. Reps for Danny Meyer and Donald Trump, as well as Smith & Wollensky founder Alan Stillman himself attended a meeting for potential bidders yesterday. [NY Observer]

Scientists in Scandinavia have found that the Nordic diet may be just as healthy as the Mediterranean diet. A research team at the University of Copenhagen has invested 13.3 million euros in further testing regional foods, such as fish and native berries, for their health benefits. [Telegraph via The Food Section]

At a congressional hearing on food safety, major food corporations, including Kellogg and King Nut Corp., defended themselves against accusations that they were to blame for the recent peanut-product recall due to salmonella, the largest food recall in U.S. history. [Reuters]

New Jersey-bottled Gerogi Vodka has reported a nearly 10 percent jump in sales that it attributes to the recession and people looking to spend less on libations. A liter of Gerogi goes for about $10. [NY Post]

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