Pastis Atop Zagat Nightlife Ratings; City Trans-Fat Seminar Flops

Pastis sits atop Zagat’s just-released nightlife rankings, with Buddha Bar, Balthazar, and Spice Market following close behind. [NYDN]

The city invited 33,000 restaurant and food-supply workers to attend their trans-fat seminar, and only 20 showed up. Half of them were city employees. [NYP]

Maybe Tony Bourdain doesn’t hate The Next Food Network Star as much as he makes out. Today brings another suspiciously obsessive-sounding post by the acerbic chef-author. [Ruhlman]

One person thinks it’s possible that Top Chef viewers might be influenced by something other than cooking skills. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Deli salad bars are malevolent incubators of disease-carrying microbes, health experts warn. [NYP]

French vino-terrorists demand that the price of foreign wine be raised. [Chow]

Wendy’s is in trouble, slashing its earnings forecast for 2007 and announcing that it will likely go up for sale soon. [NYT]