Gourmet Dining at the Symphony; Brooklyn Restaurant Staffers Underpaid; the Cannabis Cafe

Mimi Sheraton will host a series of dinners beginning early next year that combine a concert by the New York Philharmonic and a meal prepared by such chefs as Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Lidia Bastianich, and Daniel Boulud. [Reuters]

More than 200 workers at 25 Brooklyn restaurants have been underpaid a total of $912,000, according to New York State's labor commissioner. Of the workers denied the legal $7.25-an-hour minimum wage and overtime, most delivered food. [AP via WCAX]

What happens when a couple regular guys invite Thomas Keller over for a meal cooked from the chef's own cookbook -- and he actually comes? They learn quite a bit about cooking, and get to hear about the first time Keller killed a rabbit with his bare hands. [Esquire]

Like any cafe, it has chocolate croissants stacked behind the counter and patrons lounging on sofas. But going to America's first Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is not as easy as going to Starbucks. You must be enrolled in Oregon's Medical Marijuana Program. [Times UK]

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