Mario Batali

On the Line at Esca

David Pasternack, who since 2000 has been executive chef and co-owner of one of New York’s most celebrated seafood institutions, is not the kind of cook who is tempted by celebrity or stage lights, unless they’re to help him find the right lure in a tackle box in the dark of the early morning sea.

Bulk Mail: Help Doug Wood Send a Million Anti-Fracking Letters to Gov. Cuomo

It might not be true that Gov. Cuomo will stop plans for fracking in New York State if he receives a million letters against the natural gas drilling technique, but the rumor is good news to folks like Doug Wood, who launched amillionfrackingletters.com back in September. The site was set up to send hundreds of letters to Albany (and as many phone calls, with luck) urging the Governor to ban hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. Wood runs the Port Washington, Long Island-based nonprofit Grassroots Environmental Education with his wife Patti, and fracking has long been one of their touchstone issues. He got the idea for the campaign from a random comment likely made in jest from a Cuomo staffer.

No Fauxtalian Here: Led by Batali, the City’s Top Italian Chefs Cook for James Beard

On Wednesday night, at Guastavino’s under the 59th Street Bridge, we tasted the new face of Italian food in New York, like salumi from Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi. What tied all these dishes together wasn’t just their Old World inspiration, but their locavore sensibility: They were all made from mostly New York grown ingredients: In fact this batch of sopressatta was Casella’s first made with Empire State meat.