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Chefs & Champagne 2012; Bobby Flay on Portlandia

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THE HAMPTONS — On Saturday evening, chefs from all across the country cooked at the annual Chefs & Champagne event at Wölffer Estate Vineyards. Representing NYC this year: David Bouley, Daniel Humm, Marcus Samuelsson, Scott Conant, Seamus Mullen, Jonathan Benno, Cesare Casella, and Marcus Jernmark, to name a few. Here's a picture of all of the chefs that participated, with flutes of Champagne in their hands (click to enlarge). [EaterWire]

WILLIAMSBURG — This Wednesday, Vine Wine will host a tasting of dry sherries from De Maison Selections. On Thursday, Jared Brandt from Donkey and Goat Winery will be pouring some of his wines. [EaterWire]

VIDEO INTERLUDE — Friday night IFC aired Portlandia: The Brunch Special, an hour-long special with an extended cut of the season two finale "Brunch Village" alongside a fake behind-the-scenes black-and-white featurette featuring chef/restaurateur Bobby Flay. Flay, starring as himself, helps director Jonathan Krisel in the epic quest to create the perfect marionberry pancake. Head over to Eater National for the clip. [Eater National]

RUMORMONGERING Is Jeffrey Chodorow planning to expand his Tribeca hit Kutsher's? The restaurateur tells Grub Street: "We are talking about doing small, satellite versions of Kutsher’s on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, where you could get great pastrami sandwiches, knishes, and matzo-ball soup." [Grub Street]

REST IN PEACE — Monster, the Brooklyn Brewery's beloved cat, has passed away. He was 13. [Beer Pulse]

Kutsher's Tribeca

186 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013 212 431 0606

Wolffer Estate Vineyard

139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY 11962

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