The NRA (That’s National Restaurant Association) Spends $843K On Lobbying; Anna Wintour Still Pissed About Miss Lily’s


Doug Zell, the founder of Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea, has teamed up with an old frat buddy, the philanthropist and former real estate developer Robert Buono. Now the two will share the title of Co-CEO in an effort to expand the business. [Diner’s Journal]

No New York chefs will compete in a Lamb Board-sponsored cook-off this month, but the Meatball Shop and Dickson’s Farmstand Meats are among event participants. [PR Newswire]

The National Restaurant Association spent $843,000 on government lobbying during the second quarter of this year, mostly on issues like health care and immigration. [Forbes]

The crappy economy has been great for serious vegetable gardeners in places like eastern Kentucky, where they’ve been selling their crop at local farmers’ markets. [NY Times]

Anna Wintour isn’t over Miss Lily’s opening in her neighborhood, which was apparent when she was recently seated near the restaurant’s management at Da Silvano. [Page Six]