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The Obama Effect on Home Gardeners; Cooking Classes Fill to Capacity

• The Obamas’ White House vegetable garden has inspired many African-Americans to grow their own food, and a seed company is now issuing a special catalog targeted at African-American gardeners. [Mr. Brown Thumb/ChicagoNow]

• Thanks to the recession, community colleges are finding that their cooking classes are filling up past capacity. [Tribune]

• Despite its tiny footprint, Logan Square’s Dill Pickle Co-Op hopes to be able to serve the larger community. [DriveThru]


• Casual dining restaurants are upping the focus on their high-profit bar menus. [NRN]

• Joel Robuchon will open three restaurants in a Singapore casino this year. [AsiaOne]

• Starbucks will debut lower-calorie menu items, including paninis, this week. [NRN]

• KFC is now advertising on fire hydrants in Indiana. [Yumsugar]

• Jamie Oliver coaxed an apprentice to confess to a four million pound robbery. [The Sun]

The Obama Effect on Home Gardeners; Cooking Classes Fill to Capacity