EaterWire: Bon Ap Awards and the Two Boots Tavern

CHELSEA— Last night Bon Appetit held an official awards ceremony at Del Posto to honor the chefs, restaurateurs, and other food industry folks it celebrates in its October issue. Highlights: Batali (who prepared the five course meal and accepted an award on behalf of his Babbo pastry chef) has indeed lost a great deal of weight, Donatella Arpaia recently purchased a bright yellow lamborghini, and Jennifer Baum at one time offered to do PR for Psilakis for free. Speeches focused on sustainability (of course), the role of a modern chef (ie a fat cat restaurateur), and the importance of health care for restaurant workers. Only one speaker riffed on Sarah Palin. [EaterWire]

LOWER EAST SIDE— Grub Street reports some news from the Two Boots empire. Their Grand Street operation will soon serve drinks: "The chain's Grand Street storefront will become Two Boots Tavern within a month, complete with seven stools, a few TVs, and the kind of finger food you can cook in a pizza oven. Why is it time for a drink? Because smiley-face pizzas alone aren’t paying the bills." [GS]

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