A Taste of Whale Meat; Introducing Top Chef: The Porno

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A homeless man was crushed to death by a sidewalk freight elevator outside of Japonais. [NYP]

The town of Champagne is concerned after job cuts at bubbly company Piper & Charles Heidsieck. [Decanter]

Japanese mixologist (and creator of the "hard shake") Kazuo Uyeda is coming to New York to demonstrate his technique in a workshop for a cool $675. [Diner's Journal/NYT]

In case The Cove got you wondering what whale tastes like, it's "similar to reindeer or moose." [Slate]

A trailer for a soft-core porn version of Top Chef has hit YouTube. Painful to watch. [Eater National]