AmazonLocal Brings Deals On Restos, Cupcakes to New York; The Food Stamp Story Gets Sadder


More details emerge about New York’s first Dîner en Blanc, which despite having no alcohol will draw 1,000 BYO diners. The venue, not yet announced, will be “easily be viewed by pedestrians and the passing public.”
[NY Daily News]

Amazon is expanding its AmazonLocal deals site to New York, with deals like $50 for $100 worth of Turkish food at Uskudar and $13 for $27 worth of cupcakes at Brooklyn Cupcake.
[Huffington Post]

Thomas Keller offers advice on plating: “Brown and tan terra cottas go well with greens; yellow [plates] are beautiful with tan. Blue is not a really good color with food.”
[Wall Street Journal]

Burger King has officially rolled out its new copycat menu items, including oatmeal, smoothies, and Asian chicken salad.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

Chez Panisse is celebrating its 40th anniversary on August 28 with a star-studded fundraiser for its foundation, which is relaunching as the Edible Schoolyard Project.
[Washington Post]

The government is cracking down on the food-stamp scam known as “water dumping”: using food stamps to buy water, dumping the water, and redeeming the bottles for cash.
[FOX News]