5@5 - Food industry giving back
September 28th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Last night, a culinary convergence occurred at New York City's Gramercy Tavern that, in food industry terms, would rival the star-power of a Spice Girls reunion.

For the 17th Annual Autumn Harvest Dinner, the likes of industry heavyweights such as Alinea's Grant Achatz, Momofuku's David Chang and McCrady's Sean Brock donated and prepared a five-course dinner while four mastermind sommeliers tipped the bottles - all in the name of ending childhood hunger by benefitting Share Our Strength, a national organization aimed at this very cause.

We decided to catch up with a few of the participants on why the hospitality industry is just so keen on giving back. And here's a clue –  it's because service is at the very core of what they do every day of their professional life.

Five Six Reasons We Give Back

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September 28th, 2010
04:45 PM ET
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Editor's note: all week, CNN Newsroom, Rick's List and Eatocracy are teaming up to take a look the effects our dining choices have on our minds, bodies and wallets. Tune into CNN Newsroom daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET for on-air coverage and join in the discussion here on Eatocracy. ALL COVERAGE

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September 28th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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Editor's note: all week, CNN Newsroom, Rick's List and Eatocracy are teaming up to take a look the effects our dining choices have on our minds, bodies and wallets. Tune into CNN Newsroom daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET for on-air coverage and join in the discussion here on Eatocracy. ALL COVERAGE

It's all well and good to pack a healthy lunch for your kid, but will they actually eat it? Katherine Tallmadge of the American Dietetic Association shares her suggestions for adding color, crunch and fun to your kid's midday meal.

Previously - a dad shares tips for a quick, kid-friendly lunch and our editor shares wallet-friendly school lunch tips on Your $$$$$

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September 28th, 2010
01:30 PM ET
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Editor's note: all week, CNN Newsroom, Rick's List and Eatocracy are teaming up to take a look the effects our dining choices have on our minds, bodies and wallets. Tune into CNN Newsroom daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET for on-air coverage and join in the discussion here on Eatocracy. ALL COVERAGE

Areas devoid of fresh food and supermarkets, like South Los Angeles, California, have become known as a "food deserts." In 2002, this area of more than 125,000 residents and five entire zip codes retained a 30 percent obesity rate and no full-service grocery stores - a problem that Councilwoman Jan Perry told CNN's Casey Wian needed to be nipped in the bud.

Ergo, the Los Angeles City Council passed a moratorium on fast food businesses in south L.A., set up a farmers market at the neighborhood city hall and opened two new major food retailers.
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Box lunch
September 28th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • Spam forever stands the test of time. - Guardian


  • Why isn't POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice as healthful as the commonplace pomegranate? - Mother Nature Network


  • The more lavish the setting, the more atrocious the food. - The Atlantic


  • Boo Berry, Franken Berry and Count Chocula are popping up on shelves until October 31. - USA Today


  • A new proposal in San Francisco would ban toys from kids' meals.  - WalletPop
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Lunchtime poll - the peanut butter ban
September 28th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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We pay an awful lot of attention to what our commenters have to say, and so we took note of an argument that cracked wide open yesterday amongst the readers of our piece on packing healthy kid lunches.

By the way, re: peanut butter allergies in the schools... this might sound harsh, but other people's weaklings aren't our problem. Until the last 50 years, this would've been part of natural selection. Now we want to coddle everyone. If your kid can't handle peanut butter, keep them locked up in the house for all I care... but don't expect everyone else to have to "accomodate". - Joe

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The CNN Challenge: Farming Quiz
September 28th, 2010
08:15 AM ET
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From presidential peanut farmers to the Whiskey Rebellion, think you know a thing or two about tilling the soil? Plow into today's featured CNN Challenge: the Farming Quiz.

It's easy: pick your favorite host - whether it be Rick Sanchez, Anderson Cooper or Soledad O'Brien - and get ready to sow the seeds of knowledge.

Take the quiz HERE.

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September 28th, 2010
07:30 AM ET
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Editor's note: all week, CNN Newsroom, Rick's List and Eatocracy are teaming up to take a look the effects our dining choices have on our minds, bodies and wallets. Tune into CNN Newsroom daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET for on-air coverage and join in the discussion here on Eatocracy. ALL COVERAGE

Dan Howard takes time and care to keep his farm organically certified. This means obsessive care of the soil, eschewing chemicals in the form of pesticides and fertilizers as well as laborious hand-weeding - and it's reflected in his beans' price at the supermarket.

Sonia Angel, a licensed dietitian, tells CNN's John Zarella there isn't a significant difference in the nutrient content between organic and non-organic produce. The difference, for her, is that it's safer because it's pesticide-free.

So what does that have to do with the price of bananas?
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