Here's some pretty exciting news that Adam Kuban prolific food writer and the brains and brawn behind the beloved Margot's Pizza pop-up, won't be heading west after all to spearhead the Portland outpost of Greenpoint fave Paulie Gee's. Instead, he's "actually staying in NYC to open a bar pie place." Kuban clarifies to Eater that the brick-and-mortar Margot's is in its earliest developmental stages and he's not established a "definite timeline yet," but he's about to begin the hunt for a space. That's reason enough for pie fanatics to start getting excited. [Ben Leventhal via Eater NY]
In the next few weeks, Danny Meyer will open a wood-fired pizzeria inside the Martha Washington hotel (owned by the Chelsea Hotel Group — formerly known as King & Grove). Maialino chef Nick Anderer's menu includes super-thin pizzas, as well as Roman-inspired dishes cooked "all brace" — over open embers. Here are two photos of the (gorgeous) food — enjoy this as a little appetizer before Marta opens in late August, or, at the latest, early September.
An internal memo circulated to staffers at Saveur today revealed that editor-in-chief James Oseland will leave the magazine after next Friday, Capital reports. The site says that Oseland made the decision "after he learned last week that Bonnier Corp. would bring in an editorial director to reboot the 20-year-old brand and oversee its presence across all platforms." Meanwhile, Oseland confirms the news to Eater and says he will start a "new brand with Rodale's magazine division."
“If I find myself running a 75-seat ‘restaurant,’ I will have done a disservice to this community,” says Jody Williams, chef-owner of Buvette and sworn enemy of most established restaurant conventions, from phone numbers and reservations to impenetrable hostess stands and tyrannical menus. Williams, who has exported her casual, all-day, wine-and-small-plates, don’t-call-it-a-restaurant gastrothèque concept from the West Village to Paris, with Tokyo and Stockholm in her sights, loves the idea of eating and drinking what she wants, when she wants. She also loves cooking — especially in the company of her partner, Rita Sodi, whose classic Italian food at the nearby Tuscan restaurant I Sodi Williams fell in love with, even before falling in love with Sodi herself.
Brooklyn Flea co-founders Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby will officially open their much-anticipated food-and-beer hall this coming Wednesday, August 27, in Crown Heights. Berg'n, housed inside a single-story, 9,000-square-foot former garage, includes four Smorgasburg veteran vendors (Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, and Mighty Quinn's), a 40-foot antique bar with local brews, and a coffee bar stacked with Brooklyn-made Parlor beans, Dough doughnuts, and Blue Marble ice cream. The menus are filled with old favorites, of course, but there are also some exciting, brand-spanking-new dishes — two different fried-chicken sandwiches, balsamic-boiled peanuts, and square pies. Take a look, straight ahead.
While season 12's new promo is busy teasing fun, Thanksgiving-themed camaraderie, some crew members have spilled details alleging there was a much less peaceable vibe back in June while the show filmed. An anonymous behind-the-scenes worker claims a group of Teamsters who had gathered to picket Bravo's refusal to hire union workers allegedly went nuts and threatened just the whole cast and crew. One source even tells Deadline that when Padma Lakshmi arrived that day to shoot at suburban Boston's Steel & Rye, she was met with shouts like "We're gonna bash that pretty face in, you f--king whore!"
Beginning next Tuesday, August 26, Jonah Miller will start serving a five-course, $55 tasting menu at Huertas, the Basque-influenced East Village restaurant that opened in April with more refrescos and pintxos than you can shake a skewer at. A selection of the Northern Spanish bar snacks starts off each tasting menu, followed by three savory courses and a dessert of cheese course. The lineup will change often, but next week Miller's dishes might include raw albacore with fennel and salmon roe, and duck breast with duck heart and carrots. Vegetarian options are also available, and the menu is $85 with beverage pairings, which includes fortified wines and ciders. [Related]
Central Arkansas churchgoers craving a budget-friendly Sunday buffet should beat it to Bailey's Pizza while there's still a 10 percent church-bulletin discount for the taking. Based on this sign, we're going to guess that the savings amounts to a couple of bucks, tops, but still: Steven Rose, the owner of the month-old pizzeria in the town of Searcy doesn't see the potential issues that might stem from mixing organized religion and check averages (even though these things never end well), but a nonprofit that looks out for these kinds of things did, and they pointed them out.
Hostess celebrated its post-bankruptcy revival a year ago with a big relaunch and festive new box depicting a triumphant Twinkie the Kid atop a decapitated pastry, but that eight-month hiatus from store shelves may have been more detrimental than anyone thought: The company announced it will shut down its Continental Baking Company plant in Schiller Park, Illinois — where the world's first Twinkies were produced — by October. "Many competitors took over the shelves and are tenaciously defending their business and thus we must be highly efficient and technologically advanced to compete,” says Bill Toler, the company's chief executive, explaining that it's hard out there for a Twinkie.
Matt Haley, a Delaware-based chef who opened several restaurants and founded or developed nonprofit initiatives outside of his kitchens, died earlier this week after an accident in Leh, India, where he had been traveling for a humanitarian mission. The chef reportedly collided with a truck while driving a motorcycle in a high-altitude region on Monday afternoon. Haley, who was wearing a helmet, was left unconscious, and died on Tuesday while he was being transported to a hospital in New Delhi.
• Maison Premiere is hosting its fourth-annual Labor Day Party on Monday, September 1. Doors will open at noon, admission is free, and the event will include an assortment of premium oysters and chilled seafood. The full bar will be available throughout the day, and you can expect live music. [Grub Street]
• The Pines is once again joining forces with Table on Ten for a special dinner at the Bloomville restaurant. It's on August 31, and the eight-course meal — with edibles farmed and foraged within 25 miles — costs $75, without pairings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
• One Fifty One (at 151 Rivington Street, between Clinton and Suffolk) is now in soft-open mode. It's the first New York venture from the Honeycut team in L.A. [Grub Street]
The St. Paul-based Blue Plate restaurant chain is backtracking on its pretty foul plan to deduct 2-ish percent of servers' tips to pay for customers' credit card merchant fees. The proprietors initially buried news of the policy change at the bottom of a memo that otherwise congratulated workers on their "well-deserved raise," and, not coincidentally, the surcharge was timed to Minnesota's recent and controversial minimum wage hike. Now there's been a sudden change of heart. "We have always listened to our guests and our community," said co-owner David Burley. The restaurant group is not only reabsorbing the fees, it's tossing in a raise to non-tipped employees too: $9.69 an hour, $1.69 more than the state's current minimum wage. All told, a costly management lesson, but perhaps a valuable long-term PR strategy. [Star Tribune, Earlier]
A nut-butter producer whose products are shipped out to private-label customers like Kroger, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and more has voluntarily recalled the equivalent of 45 production lots of peanut and almond butter, crunchy and creamy. There have been no confirmed cases of salmonella, but producer nSPIRED Natural Foods, Inc. said in a press release yesterday that four illnesses were reported, and the USDA has identified the "potential risk" of leaving certain batches on the market. The full list of affected nut butters is here. Meanwhile, the FDA says the jars have been shipped to Canada, the U.A.E., Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, and "across the United States," so anyone unsure of their nut butter's provenance might want to omit to PB from their PB&Js for a while. [FDA]
Bravo's Top Chef crew was all over Beantown for season 12, and it looks like besides Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, and Hugh Acheson, Top Chef All Stars champ and noted Fancy Feast connoisseur Richard Blais will join as a recurring judge for the 16 contestants. Expect Fenway Park and Cheers bar cameos, plus guest appearances from actress Emmy Rossum, Jacques Pépin, and Barbara Lynch. The season premieres October 15. Two New Yorkers made the cut; the full release, straight ahead.
Starting next Monday, at Yuji Haraguchi's Williamsburg restaurant Okonomi you'll be able to get a bunch of favorites from Yuji Ramen, like the Wild Alaskan King Salmon and cheesy mazemen you see here, along with plates like local bonito poke that are normally served at the restaurant. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the pop-up is walk-in only. Haraguchi shut both of his noodle counters at Whole Foods down last month, leaving a tsukemen-shaped hole in the city's bustling ramen scene. [Facebook via Eater NY, Related]
It's been a big news week for Starbucks: The company revised its erratic scheduling policy, continued its push to serve booze, and, today, announced the introduction of coffee trucks on college campuses. Arizona State University, James Madison University, and Coastal Carolina University will all serve as test sites for mobile trucks, operated by food-service company Aramark. It's only a matter of time before Starbucks trucks start tailing you everywhere you go, tempting you with a siren song of a Pumpkin Spice jingle.
Entrepreneurial CNBC host Marcus Lemonis can officially add fledgling cupcake impresario to his list of job titles. Yesterday marked the deadline for any upstart to challenge the $6.5 million offer Lemonis and partner Fischer Enterprises put up for the bankrupt Crumbs Bake Shop chain, and exactly zero buttercream-ish suitors emerged from the fray. Some dotted-line signing goes down next week in Jersey, but Lemonis, meanwhile, can continue ironing out what precisely these places will sell. So far, it looks like Crumbs 2.0 could be a dessert menagerie, possibly including stuff in mason jars, mail-ordered sweets, Dippin' Dots, Key lime pie, and some gluten-free options to boot. [NYP, Related]
The world already has Jägerbombs, and gut-bombs in the form of meat-laden poutine, so this Jägermeister Poutine seems like the next logical step. The over-the-top but still Paleo-friendly menu at the soon-to-exist Bar Brutus in Montreal includes bacon-wrapped sushi, a cheekily named "salade" made of several bacon strips and a single sprig of mache, the "very first 100% bacon sausage Hot Dog," and lots of bacon-vodka cocktails, because the owner is in possession of Quebec's entire supply. On the positive side of things, anyone who ingests the bacon poutine may benefit from the assortment of digestive-aiding botanicals in the Jägermeister sauce, but if not, there's now a plumb opportunity for a late-night food truck in Montreal that serves zeppoles dusted with crushed up statins instead of powdered sugar. [First We Feast]