Original Cirque Chef Dies; Morimoto Goes Kosher (for a Day)

Jean Vergnes, the chef who helped Sirio Maccioni open Le Cirque in 1974, died Thursday at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla at the age of 88. [NY Times]

Wholesale food prices rose higher last month than they have in 26 years, according to the Labor Department. Vegetable prices, in particular, soared by more than 49 percent. [AP]

Following Eater's outing of the country's top anonymous food critics, yet another writer weighs in on the importance of anonymity. [Washington Post]

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto spent weeks studying kosher practices in order to butcher a 70-pound tuna for the Lubavitch Youth Organization at Cirpriani Downtown. [NY Post]

More good news for the fast-food industry: chains from Chili's to McDonald's to Starbucks are seeing more traffic and reporting higher sales. [Wall Street Journal]

Delivery workers in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have been outfitted with cell phones programmed to call 911 and GPS systems as part of a new safety program. [Crain's]

Jamba Juice will open four new "non-traditional" locations in New York City and Northern New Jersey this year, designed for high-traffic places like airports and trains stations. [MarketWatch]

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