Under the Toque: Daniel Humm’s Mercedes Benz Picnic; Danny Bowien On Losing Weight


Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park, has partnered up with Mercedes Benz to create a five-course “On the Road” menu. The upscale picnic lunch was inspired by the 2013 SL Roadster. [Eater]

Grub Street does a interview with Danny Bowien, who is living healthier now that he’s in New York: “I did a photo shoot with this Japanese clothing company and they were all very polite, and they were like ‘You less fat now.’ And I’m like, yeah, I hope so. Had some rice crackers and a couple of Diet Cokes. Then I shot the New York Diet picture at Ellis Island … because … why not? You might be able to see my wiener in the pictures; It was raining and cold. I was hoping she could crop that out.” [Grub Street]

Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga talks about common mistakes that new restaurants make in the first year: “Spending too much money to open. That’s one of the things that happened with our restaurant, one of the mistakes we all make. Also spending too much on staff – like you always want to be geared up and ready but training everyone – a lot of our chefs get in the hole that way and it creates a lot of problems.” [Zagat]

Restaurateurs and patrons honor the late Sylvia Woods, a soul food pioneer who was known as the queen of soul food. [Diner’s Journal]

Nobu managing partner Richie Notar has formed Notar Hospitality. His focus will be on contemporary globalized food with an emphasis on seafood. [Eater]