Tough Times for Organic Dairies; $1,200 Suits for McNally’s Staff

• Keith McNally is dressing hosts and servers at Balthazar and Pravda in $1,200 Italian suits. [NYP]

• Last night’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was full of food words, including tagliatelle, Neufchâtel, and blancmange. Bonus: winner Kavya Shivashankar described herself as “lickerish,” or fond of good food. [Eat Me Daily]

• The owner of Rocco’s Pizzeria in Bay Ridge claims that the pizza-eating contest he’s sponsoring this weekend is more authentically Brooklyn than the July 4 hot-dog contest at Nathan’s Famous. [NYDN]

• Awkward: Jennifer Aniston’s movie The Baster recently filmed a scene in front of Pasita, the restaurant owned by Aniston’s former roommate Nancy Balbirer, who wrote some less-than-flattering things about Aniston in her memoir. [NYP]

Irving Mill chef de cuisine Erik Ramirez will replace Ryan Skeen as the restaurant’s executive chef. [Eater]
Previously: Ryan Skeen Leaves Irving Mill Effective June 7

• Organic dairies are having a tough time as many penny-pinching consumers turn back to conventional milk products. [NYT]

Tough Times for Organic Dairies; $1,200 Suits for McNally’s Staff