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Restaurant Empires: Joël Robuchon's Empire Spans 3 Continents, 12 Cities

Welcome to Restaurant Empires, a new regular feature in which we map out the businesses of prominent chefs and restaurateurs. [Photo: Robuchon Official Site] It's hard to think of a more appropriate way to start a feature like this than...

End-of-Week Reviews: Los Angeles' Picca; Nostos in Washington, DC

Ricardo Zarate at Los Angeles' Picca. [Photo: mrkennethtong / Eater LA Flickr Pool] S. Irene Virbila visits Picca in Los Angeles, where chef Ricardo Zarate "attempts to do for Peruvian food what New York's David Chang has done for.....

Competitive Eating Wire: A 77-year-old Ukrainian man came in...

A 77-year-old Ukrainian man came in first in a dumpling eating contest (10 dumplings in half a minute) and won a jar of sour cream. According to Reuters, soon thereafter he "became unwell and died." [Reuters via Jwalk]

Portland Gets a Food Festival: According to organizers, the first-ever international...

According to organizers, the first-ever international food and beverage festival to be hosted in Portland will be called Feast Portland: Food & Drink Festival. It will "showcase local talent in their rightful spot alongside their international peers," a la major...

Alinea Menu Copycats: It turns out that a second...

It turns out that a second Austin, Texas sushi restaurant — Beluga Sushi — has menus that look suspiciously similar to the signature Martin Kastner-designed menus at Grant Achatz's Chicago restaurant, Alinea. Eater Austin has photos. [-EATX-]Alinea Menu Copycats

Video Interlude: Conan's Staff Has a 'Foodie' Email List (He's Not on It)

In this clip from last night's episode of Conan, Conan O'Brien busts his staff for having a secret free food email list that alerts them whenever there are free eats in the office. He sends an email to the...

Board Wrap: Should a Party of 2 Expect to Be Seated at a Table For 4?

· What's the Deal With Elevation Burger? [SE] · Mac n Cheese: Naughty or Healthy? [SE] · When Should a Party of 2 Expect to Be Seated at a Table For 4? [CH] · Yelpers on What Food They'd Be...

Sound Bites: Lobster Raviolo: In this week's Sound Bites, the...

In this week's Sound Bites, the dish is lobster raviolo, the chef is Shea Gallante, the restaurant is Ciano, the band is Invisible Days, and the song is Solitary Time. Oh, and also Gallante torches a very fresh lobster cut...

Food Media: Interloper Anthony Bourdain on Lucky Peach:...

Interloper Anthony Bourdain on Lucky Peach: "It was daylight madness: It went absolutely against the current thinking, which is print is dead, particularly glossy magazines. They do a 200-page periodical with no advertising, and it sold like crazy. There is...

PM Listage: A Swedish Butter Shortage; Interviewing a Banana

Alinea, Chicago. [Photo: wesleyrosenblum/Flickr] · Swedish Chef Leila Lindholm's Causes National Butter Shortage [Guardian] · Watch a Man in a Grape Suit Interview a Banana [-EDC-] · Schrambling: With Real Tomatoes, Size Matters [Epicurious] · John Besh Lands Gig...

Adria to Redo the Barca Academy Menu: Hey so what's Ferran Adrià up...

Hey so what's Ferran Adrià up to now that elBulli's closed? Oh, you know, he's latching on to that whole school lunch thing. But not just any school lunch: the famed Spanish chef (and known soccer fan) has been hired...

Food on Film: Here's a Preview of a New Thomas Keller Documentary

Here's a clip from a Thomas Keller documentary called Thomas Keller: Uncorked that will be airing this week on KCET in Los Angeles. Watch as the French Laundry chef says hello to each and every person who works in...

Listage: Groupon's Accounting Changes; Pig Thieves Afoot

Frysmith, Los Angeles [Photo: current events/Eater National Flickr Pool] · Accounting Change Cuts Groupon's Revenue [Dealbook/NYT] · Pig Thieves Are Getting 'Greedier and More Gutsy' in North Iowa [DMR] · After 27 Years, Wendy's Answers 'Where’s the Beef?' [NYT]...

Martha Stewart Media Wire: It turns out that the current...

It turns out that the current Halloween issue of Martha Stewart magazine contained 30 percent recycled content from previous Halloween issues. A lady made a stink about it (emailing and calling MSLO multiple times), the Times followed up, and then...

Video Interlude: Watch Tom Colicchio (& His Soul Patch) on The Simpsons

Click here to view the full photogallery. Last night's season premiere of the Simpson contained Tom Colicchio's cameo, which occurred during a dream sequence in which Marge fantasizes she's on a show called Master Chef: Extreme Snack Edition. Apparently it's...

@ericripert: "love to c a pic of...

"love to c a pic of wanne b Bernardin in Winston Salem NC... Can anyone Send me 1 please FREE DINNER for the 1st sender @ LE Bernardin NY." — Eric Ripert is not a fan of copycats. [Twitter]

Acquisition Wire: The online food ordering service Seamless...

The online food ordering service Seamless bought the menu directory website MenuPages from New York Media/New York Magazine. MenuPages has a database of over 35,000 menus in major cities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. [TechCrunch]

Lawsuits: Blaming "frivolous" lawsuits over "frivolous" things...

Blaming "frivolous" lawsuits over "frivolous" things like unpaid overtime and illegal tip-sharing, restaurateur Joe Bastianich (and Mario Batali partner) is done with opening restaurants in New York. Said Bastianich, “We opened three other restaurants, in California and Connecticut, worth 1,000...

Video Interlude: Jimmy Fallon Mocks How Giada de Laurentiis Talks

Food Network host Giada de Laurentiis was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Friday night, where she made tailgating food and plied Fallon with a beer/cider concoction called a Cider Shandy. He, in turn, made fun of how de...

The Great Food Truck Race Season 2 Winner: Spoiler alert, you guys: The Lime...

Spoiler alert, you guys: The Lime Truck (with two trucks serving "refreshing California beach cuisine" in Orange Country) won season two of the Great Food Truck Race With Tyler Florence. They won $100,000 and a sticker to put on their...

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