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Circo Expands to Abu Dhabi; Dominique Ansel's Cookie Contest

Plus, a heritage pork-themed dinner in Texas.

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ABU DHABI— The Maccioni family, which owns and operates NYC's legendary Le Cirque, has expanded to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. The Maccioni crew will swing the doors open at its Abu Dhabi location of Circo on November 20, although a Facebook update posted today reveals the restaurant is already celebrating its first soft-opening services. More information here. [EaterWire]

NEW YORK CITY— Cronut king Dominique Ansel wants to eat your pastries for a change: The pastry chef will judge fans' cookie recipes during a "Cookie Contest" at this Saturday's Columbus Circle signing for his new book, Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes. According to his Instagram announcement, Ansel will personally taste the cookies and select three winners, who will each receive a coveted Cronut and Cookie Shot for their efforts. Tickets and more information available here. [EaterWire]

TEXAS— Seven Texas chefs — including Matt McCallister (Dallas's FT33), Andrew Wiseheart (Austin's Contigo), and Gabriel Ibarra (from San Antonio's Cappy's) — will join forces for a collaborative dinner at South Texas Heritage Pork farm December 1. Proceeds from the $125, multi-course meal will benefit the farm; more information and tickets available here. [EaterWire]

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