Brent Bolthouse Planning WeHo Lounge; Umami Burger Making Its Own Sauce

Umami Burger founder Adam Fleischman is hoping to make his own bottled umami sauce for retail sale. [The Globe and Mail]

• Brent Bolthouse, Jennifer Rosen, Darren Dzienciol, and Guy Starkman are opening a new West Hollywood lounge called Trousdale with chef Dana Flores. [PR Newswire]

• The Travel Channel’s Food Wars will tape episodes this week with Grill ‘Em All and Baby’s Badass Burgers, with the public invited to watch. [AHamburgerToday]

• A Hawaiian man walked away with the title of Western Regional Barista Champion, defeating coffeemakers from Southern California and heading to the national finals. [L.A. Weekly/Squid Ink]

• Restaurants are eliminating or reducing tomatoes from dishes due to the shortage in Florida. [WSJ]

• New federal regulations could strengthen the criteria of what makes dairy and meat “organic.” [L.A. Times]

• Juice stands in the shape of giant oranges used to dot the highway of California’s Central Valley and one entrepreneur is hoping to bring them back. [L.A. Times]

• Rabbit, which is easy to raise and easy to kill, is experiencing a surge in popularity thanks to the increased interest in locavorism. [NYT]

• Condensed milk, once frowned upon by foodies, is now appearing on menus at high-end restaurants like wd~50. [NYT]

• Performers with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus can get any dish they want at any time (and at cost!) in the circus train’s Pie Car. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

• McDonald’s is testing $1.99 oatmeal in stores in Northern California, Baltimore, and D.C. [NRN]

• Just the thrill you’ve been waiting for: America’s Test Kitchen will soon release a Nintendo game. [The Food Section]

• The European Union approved a biotech potato for cultivation yesterday. [NYT

Brent Bolthouse Planning WeHo Lounge; Umami Burger Making Its Own Sauce