A Pastry Purge at Alto and L’Impero; Dosa Man Wins His Vendy

Executive pastry chef Tim Butler has left L’Impero and Alto after a two-year stint citing “creative differences” with recently installed former Fiamma chef Michael White; Alto’s chef de cuisine Kevin Sippel has also stepped down. [Restaurant Girl]

In a stunning upset, Dosa Man Thiru “Susan Lucci” Kumar won at the Vendy Awards on Saturday. [NYDN]

Manhattan sidewalk dining is ghetto, and the reasons New Yorkers suffer through it might include wanting to pretend they’re like Europeans and “if something is in limited supply, New Yorkers want it, period.” [NYT]

An alum of Mesa Grill and Lutece has relocated to Tokyo to open a ramen restaurant and has been well received by noodle experts. [WSJ]

A Duke senior inspired by a meal at wd-50 and chef Paul Liebrandt has opened a restaurant in his dorm room where he practices molecular gastronomy. The bong-water foam is off the menu, though. [NYT]

Ed Levine thinks the Vendys should go national. [Ed Levine Eats/Serious Eats]

Mario Batali made meatballs with Danny DeVito on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the video is saved for posterity. [Eater]

Fergus Henderson’s having a party for his new cookbook Beyond Nose to Tail at the Spotted Pig next Wednesday, and he’ll be manning the grill himself. [Down by the Hipster]

Financial Times food critic Nicholas Lander thinks fancy restaurants should do away with some of the frills like charger plates and amuses-bouches to lower prices, and Bruni seems to agree. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

After more ground-beef samples tested positive for E. coli contamination, Topps Meat Co. has increased its recall to 21.7 million pounds of meat that’s been sold under additional brands including Butcher’s Best, Kohler Foods, Pathmark, Rastelli’s Fine Foods, Roma, Sand Castle, and Topps. [NYP]

A Pastry Purge at Alto and L’Impero; Dosa Man Wins His Vendy