Will Schrager Ban Batali? Coat Checks Chill During Recession


Lee Schrager will neither confirm nor deny the rumors that Mario Batali will not be invited to the next round of Wine & Food Festivals after swearing in front of Spanish royalty at SoBe. [NYP]

Meanwhile, in Spain, Batali's F-bomb has been turned into a popular ringtone. [Times UK via Feedbag]

Fewer diners are checking coats, and they're also tipping less. [NYT]

B.R. Guest director of Wine & Spirits Laura Maniec has become NYC's first female master sommelier. [Eater]

Online coupon use is on the rise. [WSJ]

America could save half a million gallons of oil per year by reducing the amount of water used to boil pasta. [NYT]

Frito-Lay has launched a new campaign to sell their products to women. Among the changes are changing the name of Smartfood to SmartCorn, and a series of Cathy-like cartoon ads called "Only in a Woman's World." [NYT]