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In Loving Memory of Saltie, a Sandwich Shop That Never Got Stale

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Scuttlebutt. Captain’s Daughter. Ship’s Biscuit. Seadogs might know them as something else entirely, but to the legions of sandwich fans across Brooklyn, these are instantly recognizable as the names of three of Saltie‘s most beloved creations. Now, the sun is setting on their journey, as owner Caroline Fidanza

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Golden Krust Founder Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

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Lowell Hawthorne, the founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, was found dead at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday after committing suicide. Surveillance video from his Bronx factory described to the New York Post shows Hawthorne speaking with two workers in his office who then …

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New York Chef and ‘Escoffier of Offal’ Takashi Inoue Has Died

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On October 11, chef Takashi Inoue of the West Village’s Takashi passed away at the age of 40. According to a statement posted on the restaurant’s Instagram account, he had battled an advanced respiratory illness, was hospitalized for the last six weeks, and died in the New York–Presbyterian …

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The Life and Legacy of Alain Senderens, the ‘Picasso of French Cooking’

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Alain Senderens was always interested in forging his own path. In 1958, four years before he joined the line at La Tour d’Argent, the ancient Parisian food landmark, Senderens headed for the foothills of the Pyrenees to apprentice in the countrified kitchens of Lourdes, where he was given high …

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RIP, Maverick Who Invented the Pineapple Pizza

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Sam Panopoulos, considered to be the creator of the Hawaiian pizza, died on Thursday at the age of 83. A Greek immigrant to Canada, Panopoulos and his two brothers ran a number of restaurants in Ontario. Satellite Restaurant, where Panopoulos started serving pizzas in the 1960s, is the …

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RIP, Maverick Who Invented the Pineapple Pizza

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Sam Panopoulos, considered to be the creator of the Hawaiian pizza, died on Thursday at the age of 83. A Greek immigrant to Canada, Panopoulos and his two brothers ran a number of restaurants in Ontario. Satellite Restaurant, where Panopoulos started serving pizzas in the 1960s, is the …

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The Illustrator Who Created the Trix Rabbit Has Died

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The enduring appeal of Trix cereal, debuted in 1955 by General Mills, can largely be credited to Joe Harris, a commercial illustrator who invented the Trix rabbit. He has died at the age of 89.

Harris not only illustrated the rabbit, he also came up with the ad copy, “Silly …

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Waffle House Co-founder Joe Rogers Sr. Has Died

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Joseph Rogers Sr., creator of one of America’s largest restaurant chains and a key figure in spreading the South’s roadside-diner culture, has passed away, at the age of 97. He founded the Waffle House empire in 1955 with his Atlanta neighbor Tom Forkner after returning from the war …

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Rao’s Owner Frank Pellegrino Sr. Has Died

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Charles Rao opened Rao’s in 1896 — the historic Harlem restaurant that’s arguably the most exclusive place in New York — but it was Frank Pellegrino Sr. (his nephew) who transformed it into what it is today. He created a booming brand, founding Rao’s Specialty …

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Carnegie Deli Chucked Its Precious Celebrity Photos Out on the Street

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Carnegie Deli served its last pastrami sandwich on December 31, breaking the hearts of its loyal regulars , but the owners don’t seem too sentimental. Their framed, signed photographs of celebrity diners, which could’ve easily been auctioned off, ended up in a plastic bin on the …

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Carnegie Deli Chucked Its Precious Celebrity Photos Out on the Street

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Carnegie Deli served its last pastrami sandwich on December 31, breaking the hearts of its loyal regulars , but the owners don’t seem too sentimental. Their framed, signed photographs of celebrity diners, which could’ve easily been auctioned off, ended up in a plastic bin on the …

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Renowned Journalist and Restaurant Critic A.A. Gill Has Died

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A.A. Gill, the celebrated British critic who is perhaps best known in New York as an enemy of Gordon Ramsay’s and the man who once compared DBGB’s Vermont sausage with cheese to “eating an infected toe,” died over the weekend at the age of 62. As the BBC …

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The Creator of General Tso’s Chicken Has Died

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In the canon of 20th-century foods, there are few if any dishes that loom larger than General Tso’s Chicken. It’s a ubiquitous staple of Chinese restaurants, of which there are more in the United States than Burger Kings, Domino’s, McDonald’s, Pizza Huts, and Wendy’s combined. When people talk about Chinese-American …

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The Man Who Invented the Big Mac Has Died

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Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti, the man credited with creating the Big Mac, passed away on Monday at the age of 98. The longtime McDonald’s franchisee created the burger — now synonymous with the brand — almost a half-century ago in 1967 during the heyday of the Golden Arches. He …

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The Guy Who Wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener Song Has Died

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Richard Trentlage, who wrote the Oscar Mayer Wiener song, died as a result of congestive heart failure on September 21 at the age of 87. The song debuted in a 1963 television ad, but proved to be an unusually enduring jingle and become synonymous with the hot-dog life. An adman …

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International Culinary Center Founder Dorothy Cann Hamilton Has Died

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Some terrible news: On Twitter this weekend, the International Culinary Center said that Dorothy Cann Hamilton died in a car accident on Friday. She was the only casualty. During her life, Hamilton became one of the guiding figures of the American food world. In 1984, after studying abroad …

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RIP, Michel Richard, a Chef Who Embodied Joy and Exuberance

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In 1995, molten chocolate cake was the dessert. Copycat chefs around the world hoped to lay claim to the great creation. Yet Michel Richard, the famed French chef who made his name as a pastry expert, was already a few steps ahead. During an appearance on Julia Child’s show, Richard…More »

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Family of Slain L&B Co-owner Offers $50,000 Reward for Help Capturing Killer

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The identity of the man who killed L&B Spumoni Gardens co-owner Lou Barbati remains unknown beyond a vague description of a hooded white male in his 30s. The victim’s family is understandably not interested in waiting around and has offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who can help with his…More »

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The Co-owner of Iconic Pizzeria L&B Spumoni Gardens Was Fatally Shot

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Louis Barbati, a co-owner of the legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens, was fatally shot outside of his home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, last night. According to police, the shooting occurred around 7 p.m. when a hooded gunman shot the restaurateur twice in the torso while he was in his own backyard….More »

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RIP, Man Who Wrote the Mister Softee Song

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Catchy.

Les Waas, the Philadelphia-based advertising executive who wrote the iconic Mister Softee jingle, has died at age 94. He wrote both the music and the little-known lyrics for the song back in 1960, initially for Mister Softee’s radio advertisements, and it’s now so ubiquitous that Americans are classically conditioned to crave ice cream after hearing just a few instrumental bars. As the Times points out, Michael Bloomberg, then mayor, tried to ban the song in 2004 to quiet the streets of New York. The jingle prevailed.

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Prince Was the Rare Music Legend Who Also Had a Deep, Abiding Love of Breakfast Food

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Dave Chappelle, as Prince, on the cover of a Prince single.

Prince, who needs no introduction, died today at the age of 57. He was, of course, a singular musical talent, sex symbol, fashion icon, someone whose mystique made you believe every story you heard about him, and, to an admittedly far lesser extent, a man who maybe loved pancakes, but most certainly loved breakfast.

Most prominently, perhaps, there’s the character of Cynthia Rose, immortalized in Prince’s “Starfish and Coffee” with the following lyrics:

If you asked her what she had for breakfast
This is what she’d say
Starfish and ...

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Junior’s Scion Walter Rosen Has Died

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It was just this week, when Hillary Clinton stopped by Junior’s and stared longingly at cheesecake, that she reminded America of the restaurant’s enduring legacy. Walter Rosen, whose father started Junior’s in 1950, is much to credit for that — he worked at, and eventually ran, the restaurant, which his sons now oversee. He died at age 81, and his son Alan says he was a “guiding force, our consigliere.”

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Blackberry Farm’s Sam Beall Has Died

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He was 39.

Some tragic news: Late Thursday, Sam Beall reportedly died in a skiing accident in Colorado at the age of 39. He was born on Walland, Tennessee’s beloved Blackberry Farm — a 4,200-acre Relais & Châteaux resort, working farm, and food paradise — and after working at the French Laundry, Cowgirl Creamery, and various wineries, he took over Blackberry operations from his parents, Sandy and Kreis Beall. Beall helped modernize the 40-year-old farm by opening two new on-property restaurants and earning several high-profile awards, include three from the James Beard Foundation.

Beall is survived by his wife and ...

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World-Renowned Chef Benoît Violier Dies of Apparent Suicide

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Violier at the La Liste ceremony.

The chef Benoît Violier, whose Restaurant de l’Hôtel de Ville was recently named the world’s best by the new La Liste ranking just a month and a half ago, was found dead on Sunday of an apparent suicide. According to a statement released by officials, Violier was discovered by his brother at his home in Crissier, Switzerland, and took his life with a gun, but no further statements will be made out of respect to the family. He was 44.

A student of world-class chefs including Joël Robuchon and Frédy Girardet, Violier was the ...

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