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Jen Christensen is a CNN Investigative Producer. She recently spoke with Alice Waters, chef and owner of Chez Panisse, and founder of The Chez Panisse Foundation, which "envisions a school curriculum and school lunch program where growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table gives students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future."

Chef Waters shared the following statement with CNN.

"50 years ago the President of the United States was worried about the health of this nation. So he inspired a program in the public schools that touched every single child, and it was very expensive to build tracks, to buy equipment and teachers, but it became part of every childs’ experience in school."
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5@5 - Chef Ming Tsai
September 29th, 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.

Ming Tsai opened the doors of Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley, Massachusetts, more than 10 years ago. Since then, he's earned two James Beard Foundation Awards, hosted three Emmy-nominated cooking shows, authored four cookbooks and come October 3, will compete on Season 3 of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" alongside our Waffle House-loving friend, Mr. Bryan Caswell.

Before that whole shebang, you'd most likely chance upon Tsai as a young whippersnapper in the kitchen with his mom and dad at their family-owned restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen, in Dayton, Ohio.

And now, even after a Le Cordon Bleu eduction, training under renown chefs and a decade running his own restaurant, Tsai remains convinced that mama really does know best.

Five Things My Mom Taught Me in the Kitchen that I Still Use Today: Ming Tsai
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A new breed of butcher touts "vegetable stimulus"
September 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET
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Jessica Yellin is a CNN national political correspondent based in Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Rubell might be the world’s first vegetable butcher.

She slices and dices vegetables, shares cooking tips and generally promotes vegetable consumption at Eataly, celebrity Chef Mario Batali's new Italian food emporium in New York City. Catch her during the noon bustle and you’ll hear her extol the virtues of celery root, watermelon radish, or baby beets and as she chops to customers specifications advising them, "Toss with olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper. Fantastic!"

"In the vegetable butcher area, we try not to give people recipes; we try to give people an approach to cooking," says Rubell.

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September 29th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
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The number one meal served to children in U.S. schools is chicken fingers and French fries. It doesn't take a nutritionist to know that this fat-laden diet is seriously at odds with the National School Lunch Program's mission to deliver inexpensive healthier fare to kids - many of whom eat their most substantial meal of the day at school.

CNN Health has the FULL STORY

Read all of Eatocracy's school lunch coverage, including what Top Chef's Tom Colicchio has to say

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Box lunch
September 29th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • There's a new noodle in town, and it has no calories, carbs, gluten or fat.  - Seattle Times



  • Holy cow! Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant bought a $55,000 steak dinner for his teammates. - The Dallas Morning News


  • The second veteran of a Gordon Ramsay show committed suicide last week. Is Ramsay to blame? - Salon


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Lunchtime poll – shelling out for airplane food
September 29th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Just as Continental Airlines announced that it will no longer provide complimentary meals and snacks to economy passengers on domestic flights shorter than 6½ hours and some international flights, they revealed they juuuust happened to have a solution in mind to sate hungry travelers: a food-for-purchase plan.

While the airline claims that this strategy is beneficial to peckish flyers who were, according to a company spokeswoman, "asking for more variety," and Continental "definitely see(s) it as a customer benefit," we're guessing that the stomach rumblings of their passengers might tell a different story.

Previously – Plane fare: why I miss airline meals (even if they're awful)

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September 29th, 2010
10:45 AM ET
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San Francisco's Land Use & Economic Development Committee heard from consumers and McDonald's executives Tuesday on a proposal by Supervisor Eric Mar that would ban toys in fast food kids' meals that exceed city-imposed nutritional standards on calories, fat, sugar and sodium.
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September 29th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
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A little while ago, we told you something was abloom 18 stories above the streets of Manhattan. That something included the likes of patty pan squash, green tomatoes, purple okra and chioggia beets - all grown on the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel for the in-house restaurant, Maialino, to utilize on its menu a few floors down.
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