The Travails of the Produce Biz; A Rebuke to Our Rachael Ray Defense

An inside look at what restaurants produce suppliers go through and the razor's edge their business turns on. [NYT]

Nina Lalli believes that we were wrong to defend Rachael Ray, who, she says, just throws fatty food at the masses, with no care for their well-being. [VV]

Jol Robuchon has confirmed that hes going to open a restaurant in Chicago; now it looks like Alain Ducasse will be doing the same. If, as some speculate, Ducasse never reopens here, we may actually end up behind Chicago in something. [Chicago Sun-Times]

You can put saffron in anything and everything, says an importer, and this article aims to prove it by quoting American, European, and Asian chefs including, alas, Shane McBride of 7Square, which was still in business when this article was written. [NYDN]

Something that almost never happens inside the McDonalds system happens in Brooklyn: A franchisee with seven restaurants goes bankrupt and has to give them all up. [Nation's Restaurant News]

In honor of the Chinese Year of the Pig, one of the most comprehensive and well-reported pork guides we've ever seen, in which, to use a hog-farmer term, nothing is wasted but the squeal. [NYPress]

Hidden in a story about Red Hook dockworkers is this Brooklyn bombshell: Brooklyn Brewery, the pride of Williamsburg, is considering a move to the Hook. [Brooklyn Record]

Bruni stops in the House and Da Enzo, the restaurant installed in the back of Maganaros Heroboy and finds neither of them that good. Is Diner's Journal devolving into a clearinghouse for reviews that won't make it into the paper? [NYT]

Catalan hot-spot-to-be Mercat opens on Bond Street, and ambitious gastropub Alchemy in Park Slope. [The Strong Buzz]

That's right almonds, dark chocolate, wild salmon, and avocado are good for you. But they're also way fattening and should be consumed in small amounts. [NYDN]

Consumerist, taking a cue from Restaurant Girl, is determined to sum up all the secret menu items at the national chains but hasn't gotten very far yet. [Consumerist]