Haute Hospital Dining; The Economy Hits McPier

• Chicago hospitals are adjusting their food programs to accommodate diners’ higher culinary expectations. [Tribune]

• The agency that runs McCormick Place and Navy Pier has been hit hard by the recession. [Crain’s Chicago]

• The job of White House chef Sam Kass (formerly of Avec) combines cooking with policy work, meeting with the President regularly about child nutrition legislation. [NYT]

• The season premiere of Iron Chef America takes place at the White House and features Michelle Obama. [NYT]

• Italian coffee company Illy is partnering with independent American coffee shops to build brand recognition. [WSJ]

• Australia’s wine makers are trying to widen their American recognition beyond Yellowtail. [WSJ]

• In an effort to boost bar sales, restaurants are beefing up their wine and beer lists. [NRN]

• The owner of a Denver sushi bar has been charged with fatally shooting a man at his restaurant. [Denver Post via Eater National]

Haute Hospital Dining; The Economy Hits McPier