Ethan Stowell takes over Four Seasons Seattle restaurant

Big Seattle dining news: The Four Seasons is getting an Ethan Stowell restaurant, with mkt.'s great Joe Ritchie as chef.

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Bacterial levels in Portage Bay means shellfish restrictions

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Health says its restricting shellfish harvesting for part of the Portage Bay in Whatcom County due to high levels of bacteria. Officials say that shellfish in that area are affected by polluted runoff from the Nooksack River during certain times of the year. State health secretary John Wiesman says...

1 of last Howard Johnson’s eateries sold, ending 57-year run

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — One of the three remaining Howard Johnson's restaurants still in business has been sold and will close after a nearly 60-year run in a New York village. Mike Butler, owner of the HoJo's in Lake Placid, says his family-run eatery was purchased by local restaurant owners who plan to move...

Bill would create organic-type labels for nonmodified foods

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the popular "USDA organic" label, House Republicans are proposing a new government certification for foods free of genetically modified ingredients. The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan.,...

Listeria traced to 2nd Blue Bell ice cream production plant

DALLAS (AP) — A foodborne illness that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream, a company spokesman and health officials said Tuesday. A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue...