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French Chefs Want ‘World Treasure’ Status; Dinner Parties Amid Ike’s Destruction

• A handful of French chefs and food experts want the U.N. to declare their country's cuisine a "world treasure" so that they can feel better about its general demise around the world. [NYT]

• In semi-related news, Jean-Georges Vongerichten was asked at the last minute to prepare a four-course lunch for French president Nicolas Sarkozy and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Monday. [NYP]

• Hurricane Ike may have caused great destruction, but it also inspired locals to throw some great dinner parties. [NYT]

• Wine lovers are protesting ridiculous state laws that prevent some wineries from shipping directly to their customers. [WSJ]

Le Cirque abandons à la carte ordering in in its main dining room, leaving diners the choice of either $92 for three courses or $120 for four. [Zagat Buzz]

• Rocco DiSpirito probably won't last long on Dancing With the Stars. [LA Eater]

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