Big Brother Doesn’t Want You to Be Fat: The FDA has proposed national guidelines (similar to those already in effect in New York City) that would require restaurant chains with over 20 locations to post calorie info for menu items. via LA Times
Eating More Vegetables, on the Dole: The USDA is spending $20 million on a pilot program that will subsidize SNAP (a.k.a. food stamp) recipients’ purchases of fruits and vegetables, 30 cents on the dollar. via Washington Post
Really Buy Somebody a Beer on Facebook: If you live in NY, SF, or LA, you can buy somebody an actual, not virtual, drink on Facebook with the new Bartab application. More than 100 bars agreed to let users cash in coupons for a free drink, with the hopes they’ll stay for more. via GigaOm
Food Startup Gets Cash: Foodspotting, the website (and app) that lets people search for and post photos of specific dishes, raises $750K in seed funding. via TechCrunch
Thread of the Week: Smarmy food blogger practices are under fire again. This time, a blogger in Singapore gets a major smackdown internationally for expecting a free meal. Dianne Jacob recaps the events, and commenters chime in with their opinions. Is a free meal ever really free?
Deaths, Firings, Recalls, and Other Endings:
•380,000 pounds of deli meat are recalled due to listeria concerns, most sold in the form of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches” at Walmart.
• Underground, unlicensed New York lobster roll pusher Dr Claw gets a notice from the Department of Health to cease operations immediately. A fellow underground grilled cheese seller doubts Claw can be kept down.
• Goya brand Mamey pulp is recalled after links to typhoid fever outbreaks in California and Nevada.
• Another food TV dude is arrested (remember when ex–Food Network star Juan-Carlos Cruz was arrested a few months ago for allegedly trying to hire homeless men to kill his wife?) This time it’s Remigio “Remy” Gonzalez, who appears on the show Cake Boss, accused of sexual assault.
Debuts, Openings, and Other Beginnings:
• Starbuck’s introduces fancy “reserve” coffee to select markets. Trying to ride the coffee third wave?
• A new column on craft beer debuts on Eater National. The first one sets the tone with a short history of beer in America, some stats on craft beer sales, and a definition of what beer actually is.