Weekly Media Smörgåsbord: The Minimalist Moves On, Batali Gets Snowed In, and More...

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Weekly Media Smörgåsbord


The Daily Meal is dedicated to consuming and analyzing the latest food news and trends. Here are some of this week's biggest food news stories from across the country.


National Headlines

• Mark Bittman's Minimalist column in The New York Times' Dining Section ends. Bittman moves to the Op-Ed pages. 

• Taco Bell is being sued over their questionable taco meat filling. 

• Team USA places 10th at the Bocuse d'Or (Denmark wins).

• Slashfood launches its lists of the 10 hottest men and women in the food industry. 


From The Daily Meal's Featured Cities

New York

• Sam Sifton reviews Chef April Bloomfield's The John Dory Oyster Bar (two stars).

• Lotus of Siam owners part ways from their newly opened location.


Los Angeles

• Bouchon Bakery is slated to open in Beverly Hills.



• Time Out Chicago reviews Graham Elliot’s Grahamwich.


New Orleans

• The Times-Picayune reviews John Besh's restaurant in the National WWII Museum.


San Francisco

• Thomas Keller plans to open a pop-up combo of Per Se and French Laundry in Harrod's in London.

• House of Shields re-opens after renovations. 



• The official lineup for the 2011 Burger Bash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is released.



• Black Star Co-op is reviewed by both The Statesman (9/10) and The Chronicle.



• More restaurants are making you pay for bread and butter. 



• Mario Batali got snowed in at 30th street station last night.



• Legal Seafood's CEO, Roger Berkowitz, hosted his infamous unsustainable fish dinner.


Washington, D.C.

• A new Washington Post staffer is on a quest to create the perfect Belgian waffle.

The Daily Byte is a regular column dedicated to covering interesting food news and trends across the country. Click here for previous columns.