Top Chef Premiere Pulls Lowest Ratings; LAPD Officer Shoots at Streetlight Outside of Weiland Brewery

• Wednesday’s Top Chef season premiere was the show’s lowest-rated yet. [WP]

• A group of LAPD officers are being questioned after a peer discharged his handgun at a streetlight outside of Downtown’s Weiland Brewery around 2:00 A.M. on Wednesday. [L.A. Times]

• Amid the Downtown destruction that marred The Lakers championship victory last night, customers at La Bella Cucina restaurant stole wine, threw bottles, and up-ended tables. [L.A. Times/L.A. Now]

• The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has severed ties with McDonald’s, following what they believe to be homophobic remarks from the company’s COO. [Instinct via Huffington Post]

• CNN food blog Eatocracy launched yesterday. [Eatocracy/CNN]

• Padma Lakshmi was spotted out on a date with David Spade. [Celebuzz]

• The first prize at the World Series of Beer Pong, completed on Tuesday, was $25,000. [Huffington Post]

• Shochu consumption is on the rise in American consumers. [NRN]

• Restaurants across the country are experimenting with “pay what you want” pricing, but one economist is not optimistic about their chances for survival. [Salon]

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