Weekly Media Smörgåsbord: FDA Denies Contrave, Food Processor Turns 40, and More...

The biggest food and drink stories of the week.


The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Every Friday on The Daily Byte the Weekly Media Smörgåsbord rounds up some of the week's biggest food news stories from across the country. This week's stories:


National Headlines

• FDA denies approval of weight-loss drug Contrave. [LAT]

• U.S. government tells Americans to eat less. [NYT]

• Bittman's Op-Ed column kicks off. [NYT]

• The Food Processor turns 40. [Sun-Times]

• Eater's hottest chefs contest kicks off. [Eater]


From The Daily Meal's Featured Cities


• Hole in the Wall reinvented as a live music venue. [Statesman]



• Two food-related people made the Boston Magazine's list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston: The Globe's restaurant critic, Devra First, and Chef Barbara Lynch. [Boston Magazine]

• Boston's bartenders are trying to change the perspective that their city has a second-class cocktail scene. [Globe]



• Candidate Emmanuel would allow food trucks. [Sun-Times]

• Army & Lou's, one of the oldest black-owned restaurants in the Midwest, may be closing. [Trib]


Las Vegas

• Area man George Racz is trying to get Nevada law changed so distillers aren't forced to sell only to wholesalers. [Sun]


Los Angeles

• Eat Real, the street-food-and-sustainable-eating fest, expands to L.A. Oakland September dates announced. [GS]

• Animal's chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook will be opening a seafood-centric restaurant called Son of a Gun.  [F&W]

• Sam Nazarian will be opening the West Coast's first Papaya King in... Hollywood. [Eater]

• Sang Yoon (Father's Office) opens Lukshon, his paean to Asian cuisine in Culver City. [GS]



• Michael Schwartz's first cookbook debuts. [Eater]

• America's first 100 Montaditos opens. [Short Order]


New Orleans

• New Orleans gears up for Mardi Gras…[NOLA]

• U.S. shrimpers push to keep tariffs on imports. [NOLA]


New York

• Jimmy Bradley shelves plans for a food hall while being treated for cancer. [Diner's Journal]

• Sifty reviews Fat Radish (one star). [NYT}



• Fork & Barrel owners name their new Center City project The Grainery. [GS]

• The Chef to Pennsylvania’s governor is charged with stealing silverware. [Inquirer]


San Francisco

• Rene Verdon, French chef for JFK's White House, dies at 86. [SFGate]

• Kim Alter plans to open Plate Shop in Sausalito on Tuesday. [InsideScoop SF]



• Times food writer affirms the pie for cupcakes trend in Seattle. [Times]

• Puget Sound fishermen make big bucks hauling geoducks for the Lunar New Year. [WSJ]


Washington, D.C.

• Chef Gillian Clark comments on responses to her Youtube videos that parody customers. [WP]


The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.