Does Steven Brown work at Harry’s anymore???? Several e-mailers have told me they've asked for him at the restaurant recently and have gotten mixed responses. Does anyone that you know eat there . . . regularly? How about at Landmarc?
In the news . . .
Check out Kevin Pang’s Chicago Trib piece on yours truly. About four months ago, I was asked to appear in a new show as a host-judge-svengali-chef. It was a VH-1 product called Celebrity Rehab. I was supposed to appear at a group home shared by Brigitte Nielsen, former WWF starlet and resident celeb-reality-freakazoid Chyna, Baldwin brother #4 Dan Baldwin, Andy Dick, Tom Sizemore, and a bunch of other recovering C-listers who were in need of a talking to and a good meal. I was shooting in Russia and Iceland and had to turn it down. I am kicking myself for saying no, just for the missed opportunity to watch that train wreck up close. If anyone hears a whisper of when this is airing, let me know.
Anyone see Tevlin’s piece in the Strib the other day? Something has not been right since Temple opened. Not enough customers, chef gone, owners in kitchen, menu changed, still no customers . . . not good. Then owner is part of two very different criminal cases within weeks of each other. It’s all too weird, isn’t it? And why the bad case of Fhimatosis on Pham’s part? (That’s the disease where you are riding high one day and tell the whole world that you are going to open a bazillion restaurants within a very short time frame even though you have no infrastructure to support it . . . then it never happens . . . and then weird stuff starts popping up in the press.) Who tells these guys that it’s smart to tell the press about deals that aren’t done and signed-on 100%? It always comes back to haunt them.
If you'd like to find out about the Farm Bill, go to www.healthyfarmbill.org. You can check out info on the House-passed Farm Bill (H.R. 2419). Also, check out the Farm and Food Policy Project alliance. As the bill heads to the Senate, there are a lot of people asking me a lot of questions, so here you go. According to the websites cited above:
To build on advances made in the House farm bill, the Senate must find the funds needed to pay for critical conservation, anti-hunger, healthy food, and innovative family farm programs. The Senate Finance Committee will play a crucial role in determining how much money the Senate Agriculture Committee will have available to write the 2007 Farm Bill—and toward what priorities that money will be directed. The Senate Finance Committee is currently scheduled to meet on September 19.
Want to call a Senator and make a difference???? Here you go. You can thank me later.
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
(Member / Staff Contact / Phone / Fax)
Max Baucus (MT) -Chair / Brandon Willis / 202-224-2651 / 202-224-0515
John D. Rockefeller IV (WV) / Pat Bond / 202-224-6472 / 202-224-7665
Kent Conrad (ND) / John Fuher / 202-224-2043 / 202-224-7776
Jeff Bingaman (NM) / Dan Alpert / 202-224-5521 / 202-224-2852
John F. Kerry (MA) / Kathleen Fargione / 202-224-2742 / 202-224-8525
Blanche L. Lincoln (AR) / Robert Holifield / 202-224-4843 / 202-228-1371
Ron Wyden (OR) / Michele Miranda / 202-224-5244 / 202-228-2717
Charles E. Schumer (NY) / Sarah Birmingham / 202-224-6542 / 202-228-3027
Debbie Stabenow (MI) / Chris Adamo / 202-224-4822 / 202-228-0325
Maria Cantwell (WA) / Katie Kirking / 202-224-3441 / 202-228-0514
Ken Salazar (CO) / Brendan Macguire / 202-224-5852 / 202-228-5036
Charles Grassley (IA) – Ranking Member / Amanda Taylor / 202-224-3744 / 202-224-6020
Orrin G. Hatch (UT) / J.J. Brown / 202-224-5251 / 202-224-6331
Trent Lott (MS) / Brandon Cobianchi / 202-224-6253 / 202-224-2262
Olympia J. Snowe (ME) / Terri McNaughten / 202-224-5344 / 202-224-1946
Jon Kyl (AZ) / George Fleeson / 202-224-4521 / 202-224-2207
Gordon Smith (OR) / Matt Hill / 202-224-3753 / 202-228-3997
Jim Bunning (KY) / Sarah Timoney / 202-224-4343 / 202-228-1373
Mike Crapo (ID) / Staci Lancaster / 202-224-6142 / 202-228-1375
Pat Roberts (KS) / Mike Seyfert / 202-224-4774 / 202-224-3514
John Ensign (NV) / David Quinalty / 202-224-6244 / 202-228-2193