Former Buddakan chef Michael Schulson is doing a restaurant at the Borgata in Atlantic City. This time, the theme will be yakitori for the masses, built along the big-box model of Las Vegass Tao. Schulson is dipping into our own citys thriving yakitori scene for inspiration.
We ran into top Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, and the poor man looked worn out. Hes here relaxing, an unexpected gift resulting from Vanity Fair cancelling its Oscar party at Craft in L.A. Turns out he comments on Grub Street! And under my own name, too, he says.
Speaking of Top Chef, theres a major contingent here: Last night alone we ran into Chris Jacobson (C.J.), Lee Ann Wong, and Ilan Hall. Lee Ann talked pork, C.J. hit the bar, and Ilan danced by the pool at the Versace mansion. At another party, cheftestant Sam Talbot chatted with Adam Perry Lang. Gail Simmons was everywhere and never seemed to get the slightest bit intoxicated. We are still hoping for a Howie sighting, given that this is his hometown.
On the agenda for today: meeting Padma!