Restaurants Rally to Support Haiti; Food Network Admits White House Veggies were Faked

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Le Passage and Hearty are both incorporating fundraising for Haiti into their restaurants. [TOC]

...As has Billy Dec and Rocket Wrigley. [@BillyDec]

The Food Network has admitted that the vegetables used in the highly touted White House episode of Iron Chef America were not actually from the White House garden. [Chicago Tribune]

In an effort to appeal to both upscale and downmarket consumers, Johnny Rocket's will debut three new concepts this year: a sports bar, a fast food restaurant, and a mobile kitchen. [NRN]

After the ad caused controversy in the United States, KFC has pulled an Australian commercial that showed a white man mollifying a group of black West Indian people with fried chicken. [Ad Age]

It's that time of year again: El Bulli is now taking reservations for 2010. [Zagat Buzz]

Veteran food expert Michael Taylor has been named as the country's new food safety czar. [NYT]

New numbers suggest that the rise of obesity in America may have leveled off in the past few years. [NYP]