Appetizing.Photo: Kelly Cline
If news that P. Diddy can't get enough white truffles at Daniel
hasn't got you hankering after them — and if his habit of demanding that his server "shave this bitch," as Eater noted
, doesn't inspire you — maybe altruism will. Daniel Boulud bought two baseball-size mushrooms at a Citymeals charity auction this past weekend for $6,000 and is donating the proceeds from the dishes he serves them with to the same charity. And what are those dishes? Simple, neutral landing pads for the magic mushroom: creamy risotto with Parmesan emulsion; spaghetti alla chitarra with fontina cream; and gnochetti with porcini confit and arugula. They go for a whopping $250 each, but since it costs Citymeals just $5 to feed one homebound, elderly New Yorker, you know the money will go a long way. And you won't have to feel quite so bad about not visiting Grammy in the Bronx.