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.

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]