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Americans Becoming Flexitarians; Stephen Tanner Takes Black Betty Space

• In response to the recession, many Americans are significantly curtailing their meat consumption, becoming, in effect, "flexitarians." [Gourmet]

• Stephen Tanner, currently of Egg and formerly of Pies'n'Thighs, will take over the Black Betty space. [Brooklyn Based]

• More and more restaurant chains are adding to their grocery offerings. [WSJ]

• From the tea-smoked oysters at Desnuda to the Singapore slaw at Shang, tableside service is making a comeback. [TONY]

• Joe Bastianach's forthcoming Eataly supermarket will feature an Italian-only beer bar and retailer. [Feed/TONY]

• Fruit foraging and trading is on the rise with urban residents. [NYT]

• Norman Brinker, the man who made Bennigan's and Chili's household names, has passed away at 78. [NYT]

• Fine wine has long been a good investment, but those considering shelling out should be mindful that this won't always be the case. [WSJ]

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