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.

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.

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.