J. Gold Serves Up Udon; UCLA Reveals Its Food Closet

• Jonathan Gold presented the 2006 film Udon at the Los Angeles Film Festival last Saturday. [L.A. Times]

• UCLA has a food distribution center for students in need called The Food Closet. [L.A. Times]

• A recent study indicates that substituting brown rice for white rice is an effective way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. [KABC]

• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will begin inspecting Gulf seafood right at the docks in an effort to protect consumers. [WSJ]

• Tableside cocktail service is on the rise at restaurants nationwide. [NRN]

• Soda sales are up for the first time in five years. [Time]

• Some tomato lovers think new varieties of hybrids taste just as good as heirlooms. [USA Today]

• Natural wines are a source of profound controversy in the wine aficionado world, with some enjoying the fresh taste and others decrying it as “an excuse for bad wine-making.” [NYT]

• English supermarkets are now selling pre-packaged disposable glasses of wine. [Daily Mail]

• The law prohibits many Midwestern casinos from offering free drinks to gamblers. [Huffington Post]

• Thomas’ English Muffins’ parent company is suing an executive trying to leave his job, charging that he leaked trade secrets to Hostess Brands. [NYDN]

• Whiskey from Taiwan’s first distillery is getting surprisingly good marks. [NYT]

• Starbucks stores nationwide will begin offering free Wi-Fi on July 1. [WSJ]

J. Gold Serves Up Udon; UCLA Reveals Its Food Closet