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$31.5 Million Subsidies Aim To Make Farmers Markets More Accessible

Michel Nischan explains impact of new grants to NPR
Oct 6, 2014 11:00 am

It may go down as one of the great and unfair paradoxes of our time: Just as we realize the health benefits of eating more seasonally and locally, the price of doing so becomes nearly impossible for all but the wealthiest Americans. This doesn't have to add up to a lost cause, however. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new $31.5 million program will help double the value of SNAP benefits when used at farmers markets. How will this help, and is there any controversy attached? Listen to this NPR Salt Chat with Michel Nischan. 

Nostalgic For The 1980s, Kevin Sbraga Is Bringing Back The Salad Bar. In Spirit.

Don't get up! This DIY veggie buffet comes to you.
Oct 3, 2014 8:00 am

Maybe you remember the '80s. You're familiar with the music, anyway. And, the hair. But, what about the food? Kevin Sbraga wants to refresh your gustatory memory. In a good way. The Philadelphia-based chef is opening a new restaurant dedicated to resurrecting the "quintessential dishes" of the Reagan era, albeit with some much-needed modern refinements. Blame it on Lionel Richie.

Frustrated By Food Allergies? Relax, Restaurateurs, There's A Conference For That.

It pays to appease the gluten-free, organizers say
Sep 30, 2014 12:00 pm

Chefs and restaurateurs are wrangling with a slew of dietary restrictions these days. To better handle the barrage of customer questions about ingredients and preparations, one restaurant in Austin reportedly began printing seven different menus every day each catering to a different type of diet. Operators looking for other dietary-troubleshooting strategies possibly even some with lower printing costs — should check out this upcoming food-allergy conference in New York City. More details this way.

Is It Time To Panic About The Nutella Shortage?

Start stocking up on the chocolatey-nutty spread
Aug 27, 2014 2:30 pm

We’ve seen this before. First it was with avocados (and, subsequently, the guacamole at Chipotle). The most recent scare has involved limes. And now, our beloved Nutella might be in jeopardy. Just how real is this reported possible Nutella shortage?

The Best Beer In The U.S. Is Now On...Drought?

Extreme dryness in California poses threat to beer
Aug 20, 2014 9:00 am

While it may have been a wet summer on the East Coast (recently drenched with more than a foot of rain) much of the West Coast has been going through severe drought, affecting breweries' production, pricing and most importantly, their beers' taste. This reality is staring down some of the best breweries in California, like Lagunitas and Bear Republic, both of which source water from the Russian River.

Mike Solomonov Rewards Philadelphia With Some Serious Hummus Game. These Photos!

Rotating roster of hummus. Plus, pickles and pita.
Aug 12, 2014 9:00 am

Dizengoff, the new hummusiya from Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov, is named after a famous food street in Tel Aviv and will be open seven days a week and offer a rotating  menu. Keep an eye on Instagram for changes in the lineup. And, some serious hummus porn. Here are the critical details.

The Guy Behind ‘Chinese Food’ Is The Guy Behind This Terrible Song About Cupcakes

It's been a tough couple weeks for cupcakes
Aug 11, 2014 9:00 am

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for cupcakes. First, Crumbs Bake Shop went out of business, shuttering all if its 50 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Fischer Enterprises (the company behind mall chain Dippin' Dots) was said to have revived the company, but things are progressing slowly. But here’s how things have gotten worse. Patrice Wilson is the producer behind "Chinese Food" — which some have called The Most Racist Music Video Involving Chinese Food You Will Watch On The Internet (us). His latest topic is cupcakes. Here's the video.

The Legality Of This Restaurant's Special Pot-Smoking Section Is A Little Hazy

Owner cites 'grey areas' in state law
Jul 30, 2014 12:00 pm

A restaurant in Washington State is catching some buzz for its designated marijuana-smoking section, described as the "first of its kind." Is it legal? Well, man, that just depends on your perspective. Mint Tea chef Josh Simpson believes to be operating in "a lot of grey areas," amid the thickening fog of America's sweeping decriminalization movement. Step into the hazy issue right this way.

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