Food Prices Still Surging; Farewell to the Minetta Tavern

• The increase in food prices last month was the greatest one-month hike in eighteen years. [NYP]

• Mariah Carey was very protective of her wedding cake — which was delicious, by the way – on the way to the Bahamas. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

• Not only is there free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts today, but you can also get a free Southern Style Chicken sandwich at McDonald’s if you buy a drink. [Midtown Lunch]

• Last night was the last night of service at the Minetta Tavern until Keith McNally reopens it in October. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing NY]

• Citymeals-on-Wheels is in economic trouble, thanks to rising fuel costs and the collapse of Bear Stearns, one of its biggest supporters. [NYDN]

• A bakery the Post recommended last week was shut down by the Health Department shortly thereafter for being “conducive to vermin.” [NYDN]

• Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, thinks dinner at the Beard House is “still the best kept secret in New York.” [Restaurant Girl]