The King of Truffles Has Died; Blue Marble Pier 1 Is Delayed

Britain's health chief openly attacked Jamie Oliver for the campaign he inspired to make school lunches healthy, claiming that the number of kids eating school meals has dropped since the menu overhaul. [NY Daily News]

Paolo Urbani, known in Italy as "Re del Tartufo" -- the king of truffles -- died June 17 at age 78. His company, Urbani Tartufi, claims 70 percent of the world truffle market. [Wall Street Journal]

The Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a part of the city's public school system, has students farm oysters for credit. [NY Times]

Wendy's/Arby's Group is planning to re-enter the Japanese market after exiting it last year. The fast-food chain recently entered Dubai and has plans for 100 Arby's in Turkey. [Nation's Restaurant News]

The opening of Blue Marble Ice Cream on Pier 1 has been delayed following a visit from the state health department that led to a restart on the vendor application process. [Brooklyn Paper]

Spend your Fourth of July at a rooftop bar in Brooklyn: Berry Park in Williamsburg and Il Tetto in Park Slope are both good options. [Brooklyn Paper]

In Manhattan, try getting into Le Bain at the Standard Hotel or opt for a table at Pulino's this Independence Day. (Sunglasses required.) [NY Times]

Apparently, tennis players are all cuckoo for raw fish. Quoth Serena Williams via Twitter: "I don't know a single tennis player who doesn't love sushi." [Guardian]

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