Welcome back to AM Intel, a round-up of mini news bites to kick off the day.
What Happened Last Week?
Catch up on last week’s most-read stories, including a rundown on Boston “tourist traps” that are actually worth a visit; a few details on the forthcoming South Boston restaurant from James Beard winner and Top Chef alum Karen Akunowicz, who recently departed Myers + Chang; news of the upcoming closure of one location of Parish Cafe — but the potential openings of additional locations elsewhere; and more.
And from our international big sister, Eater.com: a look at why chefs can’t stop making “bougie” deviled eggs; an essay on the role food plays in the world of BoJack Horseman; and the legacy of late chef Joël Robuchon, explained in eight dishes. Plus, here’s how to watch tomorrow’s episode of No Passport Required, a show from Eater and PBS featuring host Marcus Samuelsson.
“Do You Know Who I Am?”
Actor Bill Murray and photographer Peter Simon (who is the brother of singer Carly Simon) allegedly got into an altercation at a Southern seafood restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, Lola’s, last week. Simon says he was on assignment for the Martha’s Vineyard Times, photographing people enjoying the live music at the restaurant, when Murray, who happened to be there, allegedly grabbed him, slammed him against a door, and threatened to throw him out of the restaurant. Simon pulled a “do you know who I am?” — and Murray responded in kind.
Simon continued shooting photos and alleges that Murray later poured water on him and his camera. Lola’s owner Katherine Domitrovich took Murray’s side, telling police, according to the Boston Globe, that Simon had “no business photographing anyone in the restaurant and was generally annoying” — and that it was a lie that he was there to cover the band and their fans.
This isn’t the first photography-related incident for Murray; in 2016 he threw fans’ phones off a restaurant rooftop, and in 2017, he had a photography-related “outburst” at a meet-and-greet reception.
Master the Art of French Cooking This Summer
Do you miss watching Julia Child on television? In honor of what would have been her 106th birthday this month, WGBH is releasing over 50 episodes of The French Chef on its online streaming platform, WGBH Passport, which is free for WGBH members and $5 a month for non-members. The award-winning show ran from 1963 through 1973. A dozen episodes are already online, and 40 more will be added by September 5.
Champagne and Fries
The Champagne-obsessed team at Shepard (1 Shepard St., Cambridge) is serving up a Champagne-and-fries deal through August 18. Get a pint of fries with a glass of Champagne for $22, and look out for “ridiculously low prices — less than you’d pay at a package store,” per owner René Becker — on bottles of Champagne from producers like Bereche, Lassaigne, and Billiot. Plus, in addition to the regular food menu, there will be fry-related specials, such as fries with steak tartare, Buffalo fries, chili cheese fries, and more.
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