First, the Waverly Inn started offering its truffle-laced macaroni and cheese for $55 — an amount that, at the time, was relatively shocking. But that price seemed almost modest once Le Cirque owner Sirio Maccioni came back from Italy lugging a giant one-pound truffle, a beastly thing for which he bid $7,000. Then the news broke that this year's truffle season was shaping up to be less than stellar, leading to a citywide truffle shortage — and just as we'd finally (somewhat shamefully) grown used to a $55 plate of truffley mac 'n' cheese, the Waverly jacked up the price to $85. And now, we have the $1,000 white-truffle bagel, an edible status symbol so special that you have to order it 24 hours in advance. Deep breaths.
Before we get too rage-y about this thing, we'll note that it's for a good cause — a portion of the proceeds will go toward Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship for culinary students. Presumably so that all aspiring chefs may go on to someday create their own wallet-smashing, truffle-tastic creations. —Jessica Coen