‘Food & Wine’ Parties Rock; Yuppies Heart Joe Jr.’s

The Food & Wine Best New Chef parties were pretty good — especially the after-party at the Spotted Pig. We wonder who that unnamed chef doing shots all night could possibly be. Are his initials M.B.? [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

Joe Jr.’s coffee shop is becoming a cult favorite among well-heeled Manhattanites – one even rented it out for a party and put up a disco ball. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

Top Chef runner-up Sam Talbot to open an already trendy eatery on the Lower East Side, but his liquor-license papers seem not to be in order yet. [Eater]

Where does gefilte fish, that Passover stable, come from, anyway? A slideshow demo on how to turn fish into spongy balls. [Chow]

Need a leg of lamb for Easter? Here is a selective, but highly subjective, guide to the city’s top butchers, organized by borough. [NYDN]

Did you know that Tavern on the Green had a sister restaurant in Florida? No? Well, it might not have it much longer, anyway. [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

Los Angeles and Las Vegas to be Michelinized. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Related: Michelin: Gastronomic Bible Reads Like In-Flight Advertorial [Grub Street]

Starbucks CEO says he can preserve the chain’s intimacy while adding seven stores a day. [Bloomberg]

Whole Foods promises half of its imports will be fair trade — in ten years. [Portland Business Journal]
Related: Bowery Whole Foods: An Effing Steamroller? [Grub Street]

‘Food & Wine’ Parties Rock; Yuppies Heart Joe Jr.’s