Charlie Rose to Speak at NRA Show; Former Food Network Chef Plots Murder


Charlie Rose will give the keynote address at the upcoming National Restaurant Association’s 2010 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place’s Vista Ballroom. [Nation’s Restaurant News]

Juan-Carlos Cruz, once the host of Food Network’s Calorie Commando and Take It Off, allegedly tried to hire several homeless people to carry out a murder scheme. [NY Daily News]

When Gourmet closed last year, Bon Appétit was expected to benefit. But only 200,000 subscribers were added to its rate base, which now guarantees a 1.5 million circulation. [NY Times]

Tougher food safety standards are being implemented for companies that sell ground beef used in federal food and nutrition programs, such as school lunches. [Reuters]

Mangalista pigs are a wooly heritage breed prized for, among other things, their maroon-colored cured meat, which goes for $82.99 a pound in Brooklyn. [NY Daily News]

Black foods are all the rage. Black garlic can be found Smoke Jazz & Supper Club in Harlem, black trumpet mushrooms at the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel. [NY Post]

Gordon Ramsay is being accused yet again of not paying his bills. A Bronx-based meat purveyor says the chef owes him some $190,000. [Page Six]