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  1. little luxuries
    How Upselling Is Saving RestaurantsIf it seems like caviar, truffles, and uni are everywhere, that’s because they are.
  2. food films
    Nicolas Cage Will Finally Play a Revenge-Seeking Truffle HunterIt’s John Wick meets the French Laundry.
  3. grub guides
    Where to Eat Truffles Without Going BrokeShave and save!
  4. Breakthroughs
    This Biologist Just Harvested England’s First Farmed TruffleDr. Paul Thomas calls it the “birth of the U.K. truffle industry.”
  5. Beer
    Here’s How You Can Get Those $120 Bottles of Black Truffle BeerThere are only 500 bottles up for grabs, and you have to pick it up in Chicago.
  6. Truffles!
    2014 Is on Track to Be the Best Year Yet for White TrufflesA lot rain and a lot of warmth make for a bumper are good for the fungus.
  7. Truffle Beer
    $120 Truffle Beer Headed to NYC Restaurants“Hand-shaved” black Perigord truffles are the reason for its astronomical price tag.
  8. Crime Scenes
    ‘Devil’s Fruits’: The 12 Most Heinous Truffle AtrocitiesSome of the most abhorrent truffle-related misdeeds, ranked from least egregious to most.
  9. Truffles!
    The NoMad Is Selling White Truffles at CostNo markup!
  10. Truffles!
    Nello Balan Sells $95,000 Truffle to Russian BillionaireIt weighed four pounds.
  11. Quote of the Day
    Black Truffles at Le Bernardin: As Good As SexKogi BBQ founder Roy Choi remembers his first time.
  12. Pricey Pasta
    Here’s What a $2,000 Pasta Dish Looks LikeIt sort of looks like someone vomited black truffles.
  13. Foodievents
    Tennessee and Tuscan Truffles at SpiaggiaBlackberry Farm chef descends upon Spiaggia for a Friends of James Beard House truffle dinner.
  14. Leftovers
    White Truffle Specials at the Little Owl; Maiden Lane Replaces Life CafePlus, Ippudo at Smorgasburg, brunch at Maison Premiere, and more in today’s leftovers.
  15. Adorbz
    Eight Cute Truffle-Hunting Dogs and PigsBonus: They probably smell like truffles!
  16. Truffles!
    White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle TradeThe truffle exporter’s secret weapon: truffle nurseries.
  17. Truffles
    Le Castagne Offering Truffle Upgrades on Any Plate on the MenuIn addition to the pricey, and over-the-top truffle-laden prix fixe specials, the Center City restaurant is offering white and black truffle upgrades on all its a la carte plates.
  18. Crime Scenes
    Rolling: British Chef Allegedly Doses Kids’ Desserts With EcstasySo much better than party favors.
  19. Chefs
    The Aviary To Debut First Brew; Homaro Cantu Gets Big Truffle, Denies ChrisHomaro Cantu says comment section rumor isn’t so, imagine that!
  20. Beer Me
    Dock Street and Four Seasons Brew a Truffle BeerSo far the collaboration between the brewery and the hotel has resulted in the production of a truffled old ale.
  21. Crime Scenes
    Thieves Will Basically Steal Any Kind of Food You’ve GotTurns out truffles and fryer oil are equally appealing targets for burglars.
  22. Mediavore
    More Booze Is Being Offered in More Places at Atlantic City’s Casinos;Plus: Global food prices are expected to remain high; and in Japan Wendy’s burgers come with foie gras and truffles, all in our morning news roundup.
  23. Menus
    Bistro 5 Does TrufflesAnd they’re not even that expensive!
  24. Openings
    Soon, Bostonians Won’t Have to Hunt for TrufflesA truffle emporium will soon debut in Boston.
  25. Mediavore
    French Farmer Kills Alleged Truffle Thief; Ginnifer Goodwin Has Dieted Since AgePlus: new standards proposed for kosher food, Paula Deen’s former housekeeper sentenced for jewelry theft, and more, in our morning news roundup.
  26. Mediavore
    Parx Adds a Noodle Bar and Asian Table Games; Paula Deen’s Housekeeper GetsPlus French truffle farmers take truffle theft more seriously than murder, and a conservative Jewish group proposes new kosher food standards, all in our morning news roundup.
  27. Empire Building
    Ed’s Lobster Bar Offering $50 Truffle Lobster Roll Today, Looking toThe chef-owner has been looking at 100-seat spaces in Soho.
  28. Fungi
    Tony May Lays Down Five Gs for a Ginormous TruffleThe SD26 co-owner bought himself a two-and-a-half-pound white truffle.
  29. Chef Shuffle
    Michael Yeamans Is Back in at Rouge and Cranking Out Truffle DishesNewly installed chef Michael Yeaman has a long history with the Rittenhoue Square stalwart.
  30. Real Estate
    Helpless Upper West Siders Suffer Tyranny of Too Many TrufflesThey’re great on macaroni and cheese, and french fries. Not so great perfuming your apartment lobby.
  31. Foodievents
    Gorge on White Truffles at Sapori d’Ischia’s Recession-FriendlyHead to Queens for a four-course, 60-dollar white-truffle dinner.
  32. Mediavore
    Grasshopper Invasion to Ravage Millions of Acres of Crops; Are Sugar and Fat asA swarm is predicted to destroy farmers’ bounties, while scientists find junk food to be powerfully habit-forming.
  33. Truffles in Town
    Patina Obtains One-Pound TruffleTony Esnault has three nights of specials planned.
  34. Truffle Scuffle
    How to Serve a $4,100 Truffle, Courtesy of Barclay PrimeChef James LoCascio reveals his plans for his 1.1 pound perfumed prize
  35. Foodievents
    Thursday: Free White-Truffle Mac & Cheese With NYC’s John DeLucieThe Waverly Inn chef comes to Rockit Bar & Grill to promote his new book.
  36. What to Eat
    Eat White Truffles Without the GuiltGet three Alba-truffle–strewn courses plus dessert for $50 in Woodside.
  37. What to Eat
    Attack of the White TrufflesWhite truffles are back at Spiaggia
  38. Marketing Gimmicks
    The $75 White Truffle Cupcake Is A Real Thing That You Can BuyMore Cupcakes creates an absurdly decadent snack cake.
  39. Menus
    What to Eat While Cecconi’s Has White TrufflesWhite truffles make an early appearance at Hollywood’s Cecconi’s.
  40. Beef
    Hershey’s Tells Jacques Torres to ‘Kiss’ His Champagne BonbonsEveryone’s favorite small-time chocolatier is telling big chocolate to kiss off.
  41. Star-mers
    ‘Observer’ Catches on to Star-mer TrendAccording to ‘Truffle Tsar’ John Magazino, the Waverly Inn’s macaroni and cheese is a steal.
  42. Mediavore
    Cocktails Go Molecular; Hung Going to Bocuse d’Or?Plus celebrity-chef cookware tested, a new Water Taxi Beach–like space in Red Hook, and more, in our morning news roundup.
  43. Mediavore
    The $175 Kobe Burger; Black Truffles in TroubleJunk-food-eating monkeys, why raw vegetables are not always best for you, inflation in food prices, and more, in our morning roundup of news and gossip.
  44. Back of the House
    Global Warming Endangers Black Truffles; Gourmands Despair at God’sWe had a good bit of sport over the astronomical prices paid this past summer for white truffles in New York restaurants. But what if their black cousins, long the déclassé branch of the family, became even more expensive? Or disappeared entirely? That wouldn’t be so funny. And it wouldn’t be good for the price of white truffles, which, like Beluga caviar and shark-fin soup, could become a purely plutocratic pleasure sooner than we expected. (Not that truffles are evil in the way of Beluga caviar and shark-fin soup; we’re just thinking of endangered luxury foods, you understand.) An article in USA Today suggests that the global warming is currently bringing the hammer down on black-truffle production and that (gasp) “France’s black truffle will one day be just a memory.” It’s a similar story around the world, as fish stocks are depleted, ecosystems are knocked out of whack, and global demand for things like toro and truffles move beyond a small cluster of ascot-wearing bons vivants.
  45. Mediavore
    Bobby Flay Enters the Burger Game; Serendipity 3 ReopensBobby Flay is entering the upscale-burger game with a chain of restaurants called Bobby’s Burger Palace. [GlobeSt.com via A Hamburger Today] Gossip Girl fanatics will be happy to know that Gilt has added Serena’s much-beloved grilled cheese with truffle oil to the bar menu. Only $50! [Zagat] Related: Is ‘Gossip Girl’ the Most Restauranty Show Since ‘Sex and the City’? The Times says the entrée is on its way out at restaurants all over the country, thanks to a loss of interest in “big, protein-laden main dishes.” [NYT]
  46. Back of the House
    Biggest Truffle Yet Commands Record Price, Blah Blah Blah“This looks like the brain of a man … but it’s nice, very nice,” says Alfonso Iaccarrino, chef at the Lisboa Hotel in Micau, the new owner of the world’s biggest and most expensive white truffle, a 3.3-pound monster for which the hotel paid $330,000. That’s way out of proportion to the already insane low-double-digit figures being paid for previous giant truffles, but since there can apparently never be too much truffle coverage, it’s our grim duty to direct you to it. Grub Street is your source for truffle news on the march, even when they look like brains. Giant Truffle Sold at Auction [Reuters] Related: What Chef Rides the Truffle Train for Free? Breaking: Another Freakish White Truffle Comes to Town Have White Truffles Finally Gone Too Far?
  47. Mr. Snitch
    What Chef Rides the Truffle Train for Free?Last we heard, white truffles were going for about $3,400 a pound. If we know, the chefs certainly do, which makes the following story so awful: It seems that a certain well-known chef came into one of the city’s top Italian restaurants recently and having announced himself, proceeded to order a tasting menu — with lots of truffles. Course after course came out, including several with the prized shavings on them, each one described in person by the restaurant’s equally famous chef. But when it came time to present the bill, the visitor wouldn’t pay it, claiming to be just a hardworking fellow cook. After much fury in the kitchen, and to avoid a further scene, the chef’s truffles were comped. He received a nominal bill of a $130 for the feast and tipped $20. That’s all we can say, we’re afraid, but if you have any guesses as to who the parties involved might be, feel free to make them in the comments. If you get it right, we will nod knowingly here at our desk. Earlier: Have White Truffles Finally Gone Too Far?
  48. Mediavore
    Chefs Bored With Food, Move to Clothes; Pricey Plates and Polygamy Just GoWondering who actually orders $1,000 bagel or a $28,000 bejeweled sundae? Serendipity 3 owner Stephen Bruce “wouldn’t be surprised if soon we get a call from a Middle Eastern prince or Shah willing to give something sweet to his many wives on his next trip to the city.” [News.Com.Au] Related: Have White Truffles Finally Gone Too Far? Breaking: Serendipity 3 Closed by DOH Since chefs, mixologists, and their restaurants are the newest breed of celebrity, it’s about time they started designing clothes. Get dressed at Freemans, Death & Co., and PDT. [Mouthing Off/Food&Wine] Restaurateur Jimmy Bradley on the source of his managing prowess: “The Art of War by Sun Tzu taught me many leadership and organizational lessons.” [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
  49. In the Magazine
    The Truffle Madness Continues for Another Week It’s truffle time at New York — a three-part celebration of the original Magic Mushroom (and you know how we feel about that). Moving beyond the fabulous fungi, Adam Platt made his way down to Allen & Delancey and was so impressed with the place that he almost gave it three stars — before remembering that he was Adam Platt.
  50. NewsFeed
    Have White Truffles Finally Gone Too Far?We have some bad news. The bagel, that beloved, affordable symbol of New York cuisine, has gentrified. Chef Frank Tujague of the Westin hotel in Times Square (where else?) has unveiled the $1,000 white-truffle bagel, “topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves.” Now we love all truffles, far too much to ever be so rash as to declare them to be so over, and there may not be a thing on earth that’s not improved by them (we’ve even considered using truffle oil as conditioner — it probably works wonders for split ends). But now that truffles are toying with the doughy purity of simple bagels, we have to wonder: Is this white-truffle thing not getting just a bit too precious?
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