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Olive Garden Fanatics Name Their Child Olivia Garton

Plus, documentarian Ken Burns apparently loves Guy Fieri, and more food news

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  • Italian-ish chain Olive Garden is celebrated by many for its endless salad and breadsticks. A wife and husband in Arkansas love the OG so much, they’re naming their first child Olivia Garton. That’s dedication. “She’ll be there many times before she’s eating solid foods, you can guarantee that,” dad-to-be Justin Garton says. “They say that when you’re there, you’re family, and we really are.” One has to assume if the couple were having a boy, he would be named Ollie Garton.
  • Here’s Jimmy Fallon cutting into a calzone at New York City’s highly regarded Sorbillo Pizzeria. Does cutting into a calzone really deserve this much celebration?
  • There might not be two greater polar opposites than television productions from documentarian Ken Burns and rude, crude culinary dude Guy Fieri. And yet, Burns apparently worships at the altar of Guy. “The only thing I watch with my younger daughters is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri — we will never, ever tire of watching it,” Burns tells W magazine. Hopefully this means Burns has a Fieri documentary in the pipeline. Flavortown would surely be a smashing success for PBS.
  • Is being a chef bad for one’s mental health? Jay Rayner asks that question in the Guardian.
  • Le Chef magazine has named Frenchman Michel Troisgros as the world’s best chef, citing a survey of 582 of Troisgros’s Michelin-starred peers. The magazine’s top-100 ranking includes a grand total of five women: Anne-Sophie Pic (Maison Pic), Nadia Santini (Dal Pescatore, Italy), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco), Carme Ruscalleda (Sant Pau, Spain), and Elena Arzak (Restaurant Arzak, Spain)
  • Someone is creating art by doodling on Starbucks cups. Obviously, it’s a huge hit on Instagram.

My starbucks cup designs Finished, Unfinished, Big, Small. ❤Part 2/2 #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbuckscupart @starbucks

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  • Anthony Bourdain cooked for three of Harvey Weinstein's victims on Friday: Annabella Sciorra, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento (who he’s dating right now). There’s no word on where this meal took place or what Bourdain prepared.
  • Wendy’s is roasting McDonald’s on Twitter again. This time, someone on the Golden Arches’ social media team posted a tweet and forgot to include a link, and the square burger chain was quick with a searing diss. McD’s did manage to get off the mat with a little self-depreciating humor.
  • Visiting London or New York City sometime soon? Chef April Bloomfield, a native of England and current resident of NYC, recommends dining at Lyle’s and Violet in the former and the Kunjip in the latter.
  • NBA star Andre Iguodala of the world-champion Golden State Warriors explains why he’s considering a vegan diet: “You just try to find things that go well with someone like myself who’s an athlete, who has to run a certain number of miles per game, and move a certain way and keep his body healthy,” Iguodala tells SB Nation. “You figure out what food’s good for the body, that’ll help you recover well, keep muscle mass on and not cause inflammation.”

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