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Marcel Vigneron Caters Mark Liddell Launch; Mr. T Loves Junior’s Deli

Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron catered a book launch party for photographer Mark Liddell, featuring “pomegranate/blueberry spheres, watermelon and cherry tomatoes drizzled with lemon; and mushroom/blini appetizers.” [Examiner]

• Bobby Moynihan, who recently impersonated Guy Fieri on Saturday Night Live, says he’s actually a huge fan of the Food Network star. [Hungry Beast]

• Refuting the stereotypes of who goes to delicatessens, Save The Delis author David Sax says Mr. T is a longtime fan of Junior’s Deli. [BuffaloNews]

• McDonald’s is holding an American Idol style singing competition for its employees. [Chicago Business]

Gladstone’s 4 Fish is offering free meals to military in uniform today from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. [BusinessWire]

• New Orleans is holding a Po’ Boy Preservation Festival this month in an effort to celebrate the sandwich some say is endangered by the monoculture. [NYT]

• At least 10,000 Salvadorans are in urgent need of food aid after massive flooding and mudslides. [NYT]

• Gatorade is launching a new line of drinks marketed to hardcore athletes. [Crain’s]

• Food and wine center Copia is being liquidated with a sale expected very soon. [Decanter]

• Starbucks has opened a new prototype in London, complete with less brand references and upscale touches like Italian leather chairs. [Brand Republic via Eater National]

Marcel Vigneron Caters Mark Liddell Launch; Mr. T Loves Junior’s Deli