The Seattle area's getting more D.T.F. dumplings, Wine World is closed, Whole Foods has a sad CEO and more food news.
1. DIN TAI FUNG FREAK-OUT: It’s true, the Seattle area’s getting not one but TWO new Din Tai Fungs, in Southcenter and Pacific Place. Here’s all the info. Excitement!
2. WHAT’S UP WITH WINE WORLD? The shelves at the big Wallingford wine-and-liquor store had been looking awfully bare, and then Wallyhood reported that it shut down at one of the wine-and-liquor-est times of the year, a few days before Christmas. Now the store has posted a long and labyrinthine “Update for Family & Friends.” More, doubtless, to come.
3. WHOLE FOODS NEWS: Whole Foods is paying out $500,000 to the city of New York to settle this summer’s finding that it was overcharging for prepackaged foods (by a lot, in some cases). Whole Foods CEO John Mackey says the whole thing “was making a mountain out of a molehill” and also is sad about the past year’s “negative media coverage.”
4, THE LATEST ON CHIPOTLE: Chipotle Mexican Grill has had a rough year, but it’s probably not due to a biotech industry conspiracy. Meanwhile, Boston health department inspectors fearlessly ate at a recently reopened Chipotle.
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5. ICYMI, ‘TOP CHEF’ EDITION: “Top Chef” returns from vacation on January 7, and that episode is entitled “Big Gay Wedding.” Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of hometown hero Jason Stratton exercising his expertise. Meanwhile, here’s a recap of the last episode (“In which Jason is irked by bros”). And here’s more on the ongoing “nasty labor dispute” between the show’s producers and the Boston Teamsters.
NOW OPEN: BAR FERDINAND in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row (from Matt Dillon and Marc Papineau, ought to be excellent); NIRMAL’S in Pioneer Square (Indian food from chef Nirmal Monteiro, lunch only to start); MARINATION at Sixth and Virginia (kalbi beef cheesesteak, yes, please); HARVEST BEAT in Wallingford (vegan cuisine from half of the former Sutra crew); THE GROWL STORE on Capitol Hill (all local beers).
NOW CLOSED: SIRENA GELATO in Fremont (but never fear, it’ll become another Fainting Goat Gelato).
FOOD EVENTS: Amuse your bouche.