Win a Date With Thomas Keller; Year-end Lists Abound

Mix up your holiday charitable giving by entering a raffle for a coffee date with Per Ses Thomas Keller or Ferran Adri of Spains El Bulli. [NYT]
Related: Ferran Adri, Molecular GastronomistWho, Me? [NYM]

On his No Reservations holiday special, Anthony Bourdain spoke with a veterinarian who explained that foie gras production is not the demonic act it has been portrayed as by animal-rights groups, so eat up! [Eat for Victory/VV]

If Amy Sacco didnt convince you of the growing synergy between restaurants and real estate, consider that Centovini has just struck a deal with luxe condo Soho Mews that offers not only delivery to the building but also the option to have executive chef Patti Jackson provide in-home cooking. [NYP]

Metromix adds to the year-end list mania, focusing on the best chefs, biggest feuds, what to look forward to in 2008, and the ahem nascent influence of food blogs on the citys dining scene. [Metromix]

This years cookbooks go against the trend of the dumbed-down recipe list with shiny photos, instead incorporating history and narrative into their pages. [NYT]

Citysearchs best-restaurants-of-2007 list includes unlikely contenders such as Tailor and Maoz Vegetarian. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

Stanton Social chef Chris Santos is working on a cookbook and developing a TV show, so youll soon be able to enjoy his Kobe-beef sliders at home. [Gothamist]