Dina Lohan Denied Ice Cream; Food Network Launches Cruise

• A Long Island Carvel denied Dina Lohan of an ice-cream cake, charging that she was improperly using her daughter’s Carvel black card, a celebrity-perks card affording celebrities free ice cream. [Gothamist]

• The Food Network will launch a branded cruise in August, offering a seven-night sail with two Food Network chefs onboard. [In Transit/NYT]

• CNN food blog Eatocracy launched yesterday. [Eatocracy/CNN]

• Padma Lakshmi was spotted out on a date with David Spade. [Celebuzz]

• The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has severed ties with McDonald’s, following what they believe to be homophobic remarks from the company’s COO. [Instinct via HuffPo]

• Wednesday’s Top Chef season premiere was the show’s lowest-rated yet. [WP]

• The first prize at the World Series of Beer Pong, completed on Tuesday, was $25,000. [HuffPo]

• Shochu consumption is on the rise with American consumers. [NRN]

• Restaurants across the country are experimenting with “pay what you want” pricing, but one economist is not optimistic about their chances for survival. [Salon]

Dina Lohan Denied Ice Cream; Food Network Launches Cruise