New York native David Levi has been planning to open a restaurant that champions very small-scale food systems in Portland, Maine, for some time. He trained everywhere you might expect, first cutting meat with Dario Cecchini in Italy, then staging at Fäviken in Sweden and Noma in Copenhagen. Vinland will follow guidelines similar to the ones made popular by Sean Brock at Husk, which means everything on the plate — from the meat to the fish, from the mushrooms to the blueberries to the sumac — will come from local farms or will be foraged or extracted from the wild. (Salt included, says Levi.) The wines will be from small producers, and the beer will be the only thing on the menu containing gluten. Check out the project's Kickstarter, straight ahead.
Why yes, there is a manifesto.
The bar at B & Co.Photo: Courtesy of B. & Co.
Max Burgio, who ran Float in Times Square and then the private club upstairs at Cipriani in Soho, is striking out on his own. The Palermo native was initially in talks with Roberto Cavalli about doing a café. When that didn't work out, Burgio met Fabio Briatore, the entrepreneur who owns the full-fat Billionaire Club in Sardinia, about opening in New York, but ultimately decided to go with his own concept. And what a concept it is.
Too bad Stefon retired, because this is New York's hottest club.
It really is kind of stylish, right?Photo: Courtesy of CYAN
This baguette bag, which seems equal parts Amélie and American Apparel, does not yet exist, but it should. It's the work of Ukraine-based designer Victoria Panyukova, who writes that "your trip home from the bakery will never be the same" once the bag is in play. This comes across like a bit of a threat, of course, but we'll take it anyhow because the baguette bag is 100 percent cotton, and not only does it have a magnetic closure for easy bread access, it also has a "special inner layer that strengthens the shell," meaning it deters crust damage. Most of all, it's stylish and will eventually be produced in four colors. Or hopefully, at least.
The strap is adjustable, people.
Each year, the World Food Prize Foundation awards a quarter-million dollars to someone who's improved the quality, quantity, or availability of food. It sounds like a nice, fair idea, but Mother Jones reports that the prize's "recipients have been champions of exactly the kind of industrial-scale agriculture that is the livelihood of the award's corporate backers." The U.S. government supports this not-so-democratic selection process: The State Department hosts the announcement ceremony, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the World Prize Foundation "consult regularly together." Here are some things to keep in mind before the recipient is announced this afternoon.
Monsanto is a donor, of course.
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The flamboyant television food personality and enthusiastic pusher of an inane new line of pointless butter spreads allegedly admitted to telling racist jokes, using the N-word regularly, and — wait for it — enlisting "black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding" she was planning. All of these awful new Paula Deen factoids and more are courtesy of Radar, which reportedly had access to a deposition that was videotaped last month in conjunction with the sexual harassment charges levied against Deen's brother Bubba by former Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House general manager Lisa Jackson last year.
Waiter-slaves? How special is that?
It will look something like this.Photo: Courtesy of Hudson River Park
A large new restaurant with killer views of Hudson River Park and the choppy gray-green river itself is coming to Tribeca, it turns out. Hudson River Park Trust has issued an RFP for the under-construction building at Pier 26, which is being used these days for the most part to host special events but is the future home of an elegant pavilion building next to the boathouse. Once completed, it'll boast tall windows on three sides, large sliding glass doors that open on to the river, and multiple outdoor seating areas for al fresco dining.
Seafood restaurant? Beer garden?
This week, Adam Platt visited ABC Cocina, awarding it two stars. "This new Jean-Georges-Kluger ABC outlet is not quite as tight and focused as their original collaboration," Platt says, "but when you factor in the range of the food and the myriad boozing opportunities, you could argue that it's a good deal more fun." Where did the other critics dine this week? Three (three!) reviewed Lafayette. Read on for their reactions, straight ahead.
"... drew uninhibited moans of bliss."