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Food Fights

I have a new little activity – arguing with my friends on the internet. It's called Bickering Foodies. They are videos, and, so far, there's one with John Gottfried, who thought the pastrami at Rub was better than at Katz's and there's one with Eddie Shoenfeld at Tanoreen restaurant in Bay Ridge, a place Eddie loves but I don't. (What didn't get on this video was my vulgar remark: What the (blank) is with the chopped parsley on the rim of every plate!)

The sight itself is called Uncooked and there are many other amusing and/or informative videos on it. It's only a test site, not a permanent home, so not everything works as well as it should. Please be patient.

I'll give you notice when my next Bickering Foodies is mounted: I'll be arguing about hamburgers with Josh Ozersky, editor of New York Magazine's food and restaurant blog Grub Street. He actually likes White Castle.

$44 Lamb Chops, Absentee Chefs, $15 Million Design Jobs:
Is It True New York Dining Is Better Than Ever?

That's the subject of the panel I am participating in at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave. and 92nd St., this Tuesday, May 29, at 8 p.m.

My esteemed fellow panelists are Gael Greene, long-time New York magazine restaurant critic and author of the memoir, "Insatiable"; Jacques Pepin, the master chef, cookbook author and TV personality, and Michael Whiteman, New York-based but internationally famous restaurant consultant. The moderator is Michael Colomeco, my replacement on WOR. I know it will be a very interesting discussion.

As you might imagine, it is almost sold out. So if you want to attend, call the 92nd Street Y today: (212) 415-5420. Admission is $25. Credit cards are accepted on the phone. Or go to Tickets can be purchased, also with credit cards, on the website.

Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful
I am often asked to give my time and/or money, or donations of books, food baskets, etc., to charities. I couldn't possibly fulfill all these requests. I have only so much time, money, books and food baskets to give. (By the way, did you know that authors must buy their own books? We don't get them for free.) Sometimes I just can't say no, however, for whatever reason.

I thought helping out the American Cancer Society is as worthy as it gets. And they haven't asked for much. All they want me to do is be the auctioneer at their up-coming "Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful" event on Tuesday, June 5th, at the powerHouse Arena, a sleek event space at 37 Main St., here in Brooklyn. You probably didn't even know there was a Main St., Brooklyn, but there is. It's in DUMBO (which stands for Down Under the Manattan Bridge Overpass – that should place it for you). It was, indeed, the main street of Brooklyn when Brooklyn was a city unto itself, until the end of the nineteenth century.

There are three levels of ticket donations for "Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful."

For $75, you get to attend the main event – foods from a few dozen of Brooklyn's best and hottest restaurants, and, of course, free-flowing wine and beer. That's from 7 to 10 p.m.

For $100, you attend the main event plus you get 4 raffle tickets with a $40 value.

For $125 you get tickets to the main event, 6 raffle tickets, AND you are also invited to attend the VIP reception from 6 to 7 p.m.

I will be attending the reception with my dear and beautiful friend Rozanne Gold, who is my fellow auctioneer. There are always fabulous bargains at these events, although, truth be told, Rozanne and I going to try our best to get maximum bids. Come and buy stuff. Come watch us in action. Come meet us. Come eat and schmooze with us. Come have a drink with us. Come see the new suit I just bought for this evening. It is all to benefit a great cause. I don't know anyone who hasn't been sadly or tragically touched by cancer.

Take a look at the American Cancer Society website and see all the services it provides. To purchase tickets go to the Eat, Drink & Be Hopeful page Here, you can see a partial list of the raffle and auction items, and a partial list of the participating restaurants and food purveyors.

Here's hoping I see many of you there – Tuesday, June 5, in DUMBO.

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