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Alpana Singh Launches Wine Club; Deep-Fried Buttersticks Fattier Than They Claim

• Alpana Singh, director of wine and spirits for Lettuce Entertain You, has launched Lettuce Wine Cellars, an e-commerce wine shop and wine club which will focus on different monthly wine regions with hand-selected packages of wines from that region. [Eater]

• John Mosca, patriarch of one of Louisiana’s legendary Italian restaurants, has died at age 86. Ironically enough for such an iconic Louisiana spot, the restaurant, Mosca’s, was originally started by his parents in Chicago Heights, and moved with the family to a country road a half hour outside of New Orleans in 1946. [New York Times]

• MObama is tackling “food deserts” head on, getting huge retailers like Wal-Mart and SuperValu to expand offerings of healthy food or open new stores in impoverished areas. [Your Life/USAT]

• Since we should all be eating insects for ecological reasons, how do they taste? Well, “a bit nutty,” according to Daniella Martin of the blog Girl Meets Bug. [HuffPo]

• Researchers at Tufts University discovered that restaurants frequently underreport calorie counts by around 100 calories a dish. That’s an extra pat of butter added by the chef last-minute. [NYDN]

• It probably won’t surprise you to learn that Utah has really, uh, quirky liquor laws, despite having relaxed regulations somewhat in 2009. [NYT]

• A group of Hindu diners who were served meat-filled samosas at an Edison, New Jersey, restaurant after requesting a vegetarian meal are suing for the cost of a “purifying” trip to India. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Alpana Singh Launches Wine Club; Deep-Fried Buttersticks Fattier Than They Claim