Padma Paid to Get Off Stage; Olive Garden and Red Lobster to Cut Salt, Calories


Padma Lakshmi, who hosted The Moth’s storytelling event at Cooper Union Tuesday night, was reportedly paid to get off the stage due to a “grating” performance. [Page Six]

The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and others are hopping on Michelle Obama’s healthy-eating bandwagon and pledging to reduce calories and sodium in their meals. [Washington Post]

While the U.S. adopts new food-safety regulations, the U.K. is getting rid of sell-by dates in an effort to cut back on food waste. [BBC]

The new ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen concept by Chipotle is opening today in Washington, D.C. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Whole Foods has the fastest-selling coupon on LivingSocial: $20 worth of groceries for $10. It also says it’s actually cheaper than other supermarkets. [MediaPost]

Times they are a-changing: Kosher food is now more widely available in Berlin, even in non-kosher food shops. [Boston Globe]