Win a Date With Thomas Keller; Year-end Lists Abound

Mix up your holiday charitable giving by entering a raffle for a coffee date with Per Se’s Thomas Keller or Ferran Adrià of Spain’s El Bulli. [NYT]
Related: Ferran Adrià, Molecular Gastronomist—Who, Me? [NYM]

On his No Reservations holiday special, Anthony Bourdain spoke with a veterinarian who explained that foie gras production is not the demonic act it has been portrayed as by animal-rights groups, so eat up! [Eat for Victory/VV]

If Amy Sacco didn’t convince you of the growing synergy between restaurants and real estate, consider that Centovini has just struck a deal with luxe condo Soho Mews that offers not only delivery to the building but also the option to have executive chef Patti Jackson provide in-home cooking. [NYP]

Metromix adds to the year-end list mania, focusing on the best chefs, biggest feuds, what to look forward to in 2008, and the — ahem — nascent influence of food blogs on the city’s dining scene. [Metromix]

This year’s cookbooks go against the trend of the dumbed-down recipe list with shiny photos, instead incorporating history and narrative into their pages. [NYT]

Citysearch’s best-restaurants-of-2007 list includes unlikely contenders such as Tailor and Maoz Vegetarian. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

Stanton Social chef Chris Santos is working on a cookbook and developing a TV show, so you’ll soon be able to enjoy his Kobe-beef sliders at home. [Gothamist]

Win a Date With Thomas Keller; Year-end Lists Abound