No Plaza for Graydon; Mr. Rachael Ray Drops $35K for Lunchbox

Graydon Carter wont be taking over the Plazas Oak Room, so youll still have to head downtown to the Waverly Inn for that truffled macaroni and cheese. [NYP]

Jean-Georges Vongerichten seeks the elusive fifth taste by serving umami bombs at his restaurants. [WSJ]
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Its possible that locally grown products have a comparable or even greater carbon footprint than food that travels long distances, so you can stop patting yourself on the back for being a greenmarket fanatic. [NYT]
Related: Local Schmocal [NYM]

Rachael Rays hubby dropped $35,000 for Michael Stipes lunchbox at last weeks Food Bank event. [Snack]
Related: Heatherette, Batali Take Away Lunchbox Stigma for Charity

If youre not feeling David Changs porky New Years Eve bash at Ssm Bar, try nabbing a seat at Del Posto, Gotham Bar & Grill, or Gilt. [Restaurant Girl]
Related: Ring in the New Year With David Chang!

A Brooklyn thief has been targeting Bensonhurst eateries like Papa Johns and Dunkin Donuts. [NYP]

The trend of kiddie gastronomes makes a creepy turn with this miniature Misono knife designed for little hands. [Eat for Victory/VV]
Related: More and Weirder Trends From Restaurant Guru Michael Whiteman

If youre looking for a New Years Eve culinary adventure, head to Camaje where youll slip on a blindfold and eat a mystery meal. [Gothamist]

In case you didnt already know, theres a good crop of tasty restaurants just south of Madison Square Park. [NYT]