Lucky Dip – Friday, October 14th, 2011

It is the obligation of schools to create a completely allergen-free environment? And does that include banning foods that *look* like common food allergens, such as soy nut butter instead of peanut butter? [Toronto Star]

It’s taken a while to trickle down to the mainstream, but the mini-dessert trend allows people to have their cake and eat it too. [USA Today]

The Mommy Bloggers are coming – and they want freebies, samples and swag bags. [Toronto Star]

Restaurant patrons (hopefully) know that booking a reservation via OpenTable means a hefty charge to the restaurant. Soon-to-roll-out free booking services via Google and Facebook are about to change that. [Seeking Alpha]

Eating well in Halifax. [Recipes For Trouble]

Urban farming is all well and good – until your neighbours starts slaughtering goats in their backyard. [The Atlantic]

Bannock – the hot old/new food showing up on restaurant menus across the city. Well, at 2 places, at least.  [Toronto Life]

Traditional Halloween candy comes from a sad and unhappy place. Give out something else. [Good]

Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch. Who knew this typically Southern fruit grew in Toronto? [Toronto Tasting Notes]

As much griping as you hear about events like Summerlicious, restaurant week prix fixe events do add to the bottom line for restaurants. [Forbes]