Politics of the Plate: Market Forces by Barry Eastabrook (Gourmet.com): If you've ever spent time in Portland, you're probably a fan of the local New Seasons chain. Now the litigation-loving Whole Foods is forcing New Seasons to hand over confidential financial information and spend $250,000 to do it.
From Dining Out to Cold Turkey by Marion Burros (NY Times): The story you knew was out there -- Americans are eating out a lot less. More disturbing, food stamp usage has seen a 17 percent rise since this time last year. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Times' food writers are wishing for Ronco Rotisseries and $2,000 espresso makers.
Bay Area Wheat Makes a Comeback by Tara Duggan (SF Chronicle): Why would Northwesterners care about Northern Californian wheat when we have access to Bob's Red Mill and Stone-Buhr? I'm just interested to see the effect that the locavore movement is having on commodity crops.
Supermarkets? No Thanks by Tom Moggach (UK Guardian): Meanwhile, in Britain, the idea of the neighborhood food co-op is coming back into fashion. Having grown up in one, I say: Bully for you.