MARIO BATALI

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For People Who Love Television So Much, They Want to Eat It

Turn off your Netflix and look over here! It’s no secret that TV junkies can purchase merchandise from their favorite shows, and for every program which features food, we can expect a specialty cookbook to come out for your purchasing pleasure. So, for all you foodies out there who love nothing more than dining in front of your TV screens, we’ve got the cookbook rundown that places you right inside of the box and at dinner with your favorite characters.


1. Orange Is The New Black - Yum, prison food! The book is designed to feature better versions of the meals in the show, even though we all know that nothing could beat Red’s cooking. Not only does this include recipes approved by the show’s producers, but it also features power charts from Red’s vs. Gloria’s kitchen, Daya’s pregnancy journal, and Lorna’s prison glossary. If you saw something you liked on the show, then you can expect to find it here, as every dish in the book was referenced at some point in Seasons 1 and 2. Don’t worry about needing to smuggle in any ingredients though. Leave that to your favorite inmates.

ALMOST FAMOUS
A-Listers Gather for Launch of New (RED) Campaign

What a cha-(RED)-able night it was in New York City after the launch of EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES on June 2nd. From June 1st to June 10th, restaurants, bars, and food trucks are coming together to help fight AIDS by contributing money from every (RED) dish and (RED) cocktail purchased to help in fight against AIDS.

Guests, including a number of notable celebrities, as well as (RED)'s CEO, Deborah Dugan, chef Mario Batali, and master meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda, made their way to Eataly's Rooftop Birreria to celebrate the launch of the campaign.

So which A-Listers in particular were sipping on cocktails and grabbing a bite to eat for a good cause, you ask?

SCENETRACKER
BookCon Hits NYC This Saturday

The explosion of comic book conventions has made way for other fan conventions to emerge. This year, ReedPop is introducing BookCon, a convention for book lovers. BookCon takes place on Saturday, May 31st, and features a wide variety of programming including celebrity guests, interactive writing games, and industry panels.

The guests range from actors to famous writers and include Jason Segel, Amy Poehler, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Mario Batali, tumblr founder David Karp, Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton, Stan Lee, and even Grumpy Cat, as well as best-selling novelists such as David Mitchell, who wrote Cloud Atlas, Veronica Roth, who wrote the Divergent trilogy, and John Green, writer of The Fault in Our Stars. These guests will be having conversation about their current and upcoming work in panels throughout the day – except for Grumpy Cat, who will probably just be looking adorably perturbed.

FIRST COURSE
Sunday is National Meatball Day!

The internet is a magical place, folks. It's filled with weird YouTube videos, scams, niche memes that only a few understand, and a boatload of awesome meatball recipes. Luckily for you, Joonbug.com sifted through the latter pile and found the most baller (see what we did there?) ways to celebrate National Meatball Day! If you're looking for a way to spice up drab spaghetti, are crazy for all things spherical, or just want to find a good vegetarian substitute, you've come to the right place.


The World's Fastest Meatballs

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It's National Eat Italian Food Day!

With Valentine's Day coming up and NYFW coming to a close, it's easy to forget the really important things, like the fact that today is National Eat Italian Food Day. If you've got a craving for pizza or pasta, we've got you covered. Here's a list of some prime restaurants featuring the honored cuisine, a few special happenings, and as always, delicious bites.

Special Deals

Fabio Cucina Italiana

This brand new, fine-dining Italian restaurant by chef Fabio Hakill is hosting some tasty offerings for the day. Every guest that orders an entrée for lunch or dinner will be served tableside, complimentary dishes of fettuccine from a carved wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Two M's in a Pod

Renowned Chef Mario Batali partners with the talented ‘New York celebrity catering chef’, Mary Giuliani, in a new venture, MARIO by Mary. This unique catering fusion is a delectable revolution, combining the amazing talents of two major players in the culinary world. MARIO by Mary’s delicious Italian-themed menu allows eager customers to savor the two masterminds' creations through beautiful presentation and delightful aromas--and all within the luxury of their own homes. Surely, thier guests’ appetites will be more than pleased!

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Chefs in the Garden: Mario Batali's Dinner Series

The Edible Garden section of the New York Botanical Garden will be put to good use this summer as the expert in Italian cuisine, Mario Batali, presents a series of family-style dinners. The dinners commenced on July 15 and have three more dates on July 26, August 2 and August 12. Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs is an interactive event in which children and adults will participate. They will learn gardening and cooking skills accompanied by demonstrations by a few of Batali's featured chefs. The dinners are all three-course meals and the ingredients used will be those harvested from the garden.

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Babbo Does Lunch Starting...NOW

Mario Batali is one busy man, his three-starred Greenwich Village restaurant, Babbo, has just opened its doors for lunch. According to the rumor mill, Mario penned the top secret menu himself, making this venture a priority for his multitude of high-end Italian eateries. Today's service is the first public lunch Babbo has ever served in the restaurant's fourteen year history.

Boasting one of the most hard to obtain reservations in the entire city, Babbo’s premier lunch service will be walk-ins only. Those who aren’t lucky enough to attend today will be able to make a reservation soon. The daytime Babbo diners will enjoy steamed cockles, guinea hens, beef cheek raviolis, as well as a tasting menu option. The tasting menu is available for $49 per person with an additional $35 per person for wine pairings. The portions for lunch menu will be a bit smaller than during dinner service. The size of the portions for lunch has dictated the lower price many of the dishes on the menu, including Secondi course dishes.

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Mario Batali Settles Worker Tipping Lawsuit for $5.25 Million

Mario Batali and business parter, Joe Bastianich, have been embroiled in a wage-related lawsuit with their restaurant workers since July 2010. Yesterday, Law 360 repoted that the chef and restaurateur will settle the suit for $5.25 million.

According to Law, the 117 plaintiffs involved in the class action suit claimed that there had been a pattern of "illegal tip-skimming," where the restaurant servers were regularly shorted their wages over the course of many months. A case-related article on The Huffington Post states that, "Batali's restaurants, among other misdeeds, took four or fiver percent of tips given to servers for alcohol and wine sales to pay sommeliers' salaries."

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Pizza a Quattro Mani

This week kicked off Eataly’s in-house, upscale Italian pizzeria chain, Rossopomodoro’s “Pizza a Quattro Mani” event. Meaning pizza made by four hands in Italian, this event will entail exactly that, a rotating group of guest Neapolitan-style pizzerias cooking alongside pizza maker, Rosario Granieri. Starting at 5 p.m. for the next five Mondays, guest pizzeria’s will use Rossopomodoro’s two, side-by-side wood-fired pizza ovens some of New York City’s best know pizzerias will create their signature pizza’s for Eataly patrons along with Rossopomodoro’s regular menu.