Nancy Silverton on Mozza’s Inspiration; Bill Gates Awarded for Fighting Hunger

• Nancy Silverton points to Obika and Phoenix’s Pizzeria Bianco as the influences behind Mozza. [NYT]

• Bill Gates can add a George McGovern Leadership Award to his résumé: the Microsoft billionaire was honored for his work improving farming and fighting hunger. [AlertNet]

• McDonald’s locations in Southern California are giving away free apple slices to costumed kids on Halloween, basically turning it into that house of old people you used to avoid while trick-or-treating. [PR Newswire]

• Speaking of which, even The White House knows you have to serve candy to trick-or-treaters, lest it gets egged. [National Journal]

• Our region’s beer craze had lead to a rise in nontraditional biergartens. [LAT]

Waterloo & City chef Brendan Collins was among the deep throngs at Los Angeles magazine’s seriously overcrowded Food Event on Sunday. [Mar Vista Patch]

• There, in the ground, it’s … super broccoli! Scientists have grown a strain of the vegetable that contains three times the usual amount of Glucoraphanin, a chemical that can stave off artery-clogging. [ABC News]

• The WSJ finally notices that chefs are tweeting; it’s not just blogger disses, but also photos of what they’re cooking and other details from inside the kitchen. [WSJ]

• Contrary to widespread belief, living near fast-food joints doesn’t seem to make people fatter. However, living near an excellent Italian bakery is another story. [Reuters]

Nancy Silverton on Mozza’s Inspiration; Bill Gates Awarded for Fighting Hunger