Cooking Show Ratings Rise; Boom Time for Oysters

• Cooking shows are doing gangbuster ratings. [USA Today]

• The ever-increasing popularity of oysters on restaurant menus (and the demand for variety therein) has led to boom times for oyster farmers. [WSJ]

• Nate Appleman is searching for a wood supplier for the wood-burning pizza oven at the forthcoming Pulino. [Fork in the Road/VV]

• Katie Lee Joel and Giada De Laurentiis dined together at the Little Owl the other night. [NYP]

Tavern on the Green has asked a judge’s permission to sell its tableware and art at an auction next month. [NYP]

• A Texas woman called 911 last week to report that her husband refused to eat his dinner. [AP]

• Nestle has pulled out of Zimbabwe, claiming harassment after canceling a deal to buy milk from a farm owned by Robert Mugabe’s family. [NYT]

• Bennigan’s founder Norman Brinker has died at 78. [Fork in the Road/VV]

Cooking Show Ratings Rise; Boom Time for Oysters