It's Tuesday, December 8, aka the birthday of a diverse cast of characters from Mary, Queen of Scots and Diego Rivera to Ann Coulter and Nicki Minaj, which coincidentally sounds like the makings of quite the fictional dinner party. If you were up all night hemming and hawing over a trip to Copenhagen to check out Noma's more casual sibling, 108, you may have missed your chance: Following yesterday's big reveal of Rene Redzepi's new, more affordable concept, the entire first month of the pop-up, which launches January 20, is already completely sold out. Reservations for the remainder of the pop-up — which runs through April 16 — open January 25.
In other food news today: Congress is set to review the gigantic SABMiller-AB InBev beer merger, Trader Joe's is facing a cookie lawsuit, and no one really seems to know exactly how Americans feel about tipping. Meanwhile, Philly chef Eli Kulp talks about life after the tragic Amtrak accident that paralyzed him, and Jacques Pepin reflects on a life in food.