Bits and pieces: Obama’s dog food, Jay-Z and other food news from the web, 8.17.11

  • In case you were wondering, Bo, President Barack Obama’s dog, eats store-bought dog food. There were rumors he was getting meals prepared by White House chefs. The White House declined to say whether Bo eats dry or wet food. Seriously. (Obama Foodorama)
  • Here’s a weird celebrity lawsuit story — world-renowned chimp researcher Jane Goodall is suing celebrity chef Tyler Florence over a line of baby food. (Gothamist)
  • I’ve talked a lot about American food deserts on Ashlee Eats. Here’s a great Q&A about the phenomenon. (The Week)
  • A group of doctors says that hot dogs can be as bad for your health as cigarettes. I’d rather have the hot dog — cigarettes just aren’t as good covered in mustard. (USA Today)
  • When you’re a famous rapper/mogul like Jay-Z, you can afford to leave a $50,000 tip after buying a quarter of $1 million worth of champagne. (People)

Bits and pieces: KFC expands, nutritious school lunches and other food news from the web, 12.13.10

  • KFC officials have their eyes on Africa, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yum! Brands, the Louisville-based parent company of KFC, expects to double its number of KFC outlets on the continent to 1,200 by 2014, according to the WSJ article.
  • Here’s another news item from the Wall Street Journal: Carnegie Mellon University researchers say that taking several minutes to repeatedly think about eating a certain food could make you less likely to want to actually eat that food. I’m going to have to disagree. There are days when I think about Raisin Bran Crunch for at least an hour, and I still eat a big bowl when I get home from work.
  • O’Charley’s Inc., one of my favorite casual-dining-with-good-rolls restaurants, is closing 16 of its locations, according to an article from Business First of Louisville. CEO David Head said:
These closings permit us to focus our energy and efforts on improving the performance of our remaining 339 company-operated restaurants in 25 states.
  • President Barack Obama signed a bill into law Monday that allows for thousands more children to eat lunches and dinners at school and makes all school food more nutritious, according to an article from the New York Times. From the article:

The $4.5 billion measure increases the federal reimbursement for free school lunches by 6 cents a meal at a time when many school officials say they can’t afford to provide the meals. The bill will also expand access to free lunch programs and allow 20 million additional after-school meals to be served annually in all 50 states. Most states now only provide money for after-school snacks.