Top Chef Contestants Unite for Haiti; Salami Recalled in L.A.

• Four Top Chef alums, led by Haitian-born Ron Duprat, are holding a fundraiser for Haitian relief. [BuddyTV]

• A massive national salami recall has been expanded to include Los Angeles where six people have reported getting ill from possible salmonella contamination. [KABC]

• LAX introduces pay-by-the-hour VIP lounges with free snacks and Wi-Fi, open to anybody who is willing to pay $10 per-hour. [Seattle Pi]

• Los Angeles held a rare Congressional meeting to address the state’s serious water shortage that was not alleviated by recent rains. [SGV Tribune]

• Santa Barbara’s El Paseo restaurant hires chef Alex Castillo. [Santa Barbara Edhat]

• Caviar, Kvas, and soy and sugar-coated fish bones are some of the snacks enjoyed at movie theaters around the globe. [MSNBC]

• Sure, haggis is getting legalized, but you still can’t import wild beluga caviar or horse meat into the United States. [Salon]
Earlier: Haggis Fans, Rejoice!

• Sharing all food has become a dominant ethos in post-earthquake Haiti. [NYT]

• At some point in the past year, almost one in five Americans could not afford the food they needed. [NYT]

• It turns out that many kids whose food allergies were diagnosed by skin or blood tests may not really be allergic. [WSJ]

Top Chef Contestants Unite for Haiti; Salami Recalled in L.A.