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More Calorie Counting at Chains; Cloned Chocolate Is on the Way!

• Get that guilt-o-meter ready: California’s new calorie labeling law goes into effect at chain restaurants on Saturday. [KABC]

• Zagat names top hotel restaurants in country, picks private, 21-course Saam at The Bazaar at SLS as sole L.A. contender [USAT]

• Big in 2010: At-home canning, more dudes cooking. [UPI]

• Food of the future will be in…tablet form? [Squid Ink]

• Frito-Lay is going to announce a revamp of its products, and half of its snacks will be made exclusively from natural ingredients. Fritos and Tostitos are just fried corn, right? What were they made out of before? [USAT]

• Speaking of huge companies co-opting natural food, one year-end roundup wonders if the artisanal movement has jumped the shark. [Salinas Californian]

• Eeeeee! Scientists have sequenced the cacao genome! Does cloned chocolate count as fair-trade? [Nature via Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• Hawkeye Food Service of Coralville, Iowa, is suing a bunch of Iowa school districts, alleging price-fixing and bid-rigging. [Trib]

• Plan on overindulging? Get a free “tipsy tow” on New Year’s Eve, courtesy SoCal AAA [CBSLosAngeles]

More Calorie Counting at Chains; Cloned Chocolate Is on the Way!