Mario Batali is, naturally, the head chef in his home, but The Chew co-host has always had plenty of backup: sons Benno, 17, and Leo, 16.
“They’ve always participated in the kitchen, and they’ve known how to cook since they were walking,” Batali told PEOPLE at Monday night’s launch party in N.Y.C. for Eat (Red) Drink (Red) Save Lives, an AIDS fundraiser. “Leo makes a really killer beef taco, and Benno makes a stuffed cheeseburger with Gorgonzola inside the burger.”
Italian gourmet megastore Eataly is about to get even more mega.
The massive stores, co-owned in part by chefs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich, mix elements of food halls, wine shops, specialty grocery stores, cafes, restaurants and even cooking classes in one location. Although there are 27 Eataly outposts worldwide, there are currently only two in the United States: New York and Chicago.
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After having an extraordinary meal in a French bistro, do you ever think, “If only I could make food like that at home”? Well, now you can, if Jody Williams has anything to do about it.
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Chef Mario Batali is expanding his upstate New York restaurant Tarry Lodge Enoteca and Pizzeria to New Haven, Conn. — but you won’t be seeing Kristen Wiig or Fred Armisen there.
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You know what’s even more satisfying than midnight snacking once the kids are asleep? Finding a way to make that meal help people who may go hungry this year.
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It reminds us of the Seinfeld when Elaine hordes her favorite discontinued contraceptive (the sponge!): Celeb chef Mario Batali special-ordered a whopping 200 pairs of Crocs when he heard that the shade—his signature hue—is no more.