– The Times of London reports that at Il Vino d’Enrico Bernardo in Paris, the menu only lists wine. Diners pick a bottle and the chef picks the food.
– Pegasusnews.com reports that so many diners are using cell phone sto snap photos of their food and the restaurants that it’s prompting restaurateurs to contemplate a camera ban. Which, says Julie Machal-Fulks, a lawyer in Dallas who specializes in intellectual property, they have every right to do. “A restaurant could establish a policy much like restaurants have policies against cellphone usage’ as long as they’re not applying it in a discriminatory manner.” When something is copyrighted, you can’t take a picture of it without permission. But can a plate of food be copyrightable? “The requirement is that it has to be in a sufficiently permanent or stable state, and I would argue that food is not,” she says. “You can protect a photograph, or an architectural drawing, or a book, because they’re sufficiently established in the medium where it won’t change. A plate of food? I’m not sure that would be sufficiently stable. The fact that you bought it does help. The fact that it’s in their establishment would weigh against you.”
– Another sign of our ever-expanding appetite for edible media: The New York Times reports that Scripps Networks will replace Fine Living Network with the Cooking Channel on May 31 featuring programs about alcoholic beverages, low-calorie eating and food history.
– Burgerbusiness.com notes that bedraggled Burger King is considering selling stuffed burgers and offers examples from eateries across the country:
Burger & Beer Joint, South Beach, Fla.: ground-turkey patties around stuffing with gravy, cranberry sauce, and sweet-potato fries.
Blue Dahlia Café & Wine Bar, Los Angeles: Stuffed Barolo Braised Short Rib Burger with arugula, caramelized onions, smoked Gouda.
Rare Bar & Grill, NYC: two portobello mushroom caps filled with goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes.
Good Dog Bar., Philadelphia: half-pound house-ground sirloin stuffed with Roquefort cheese and topped with caramelized onions on brioche bun.
Heart Attack on a Plate, Mother’s Federal Grille, Baltimore: Cheese-stuffed 8-oz. burger beer-battered and deep-fried.
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