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Dream Dinner Guests Padma Lakshmi and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Share a Post-Meal Selfie

Plus, the queen of England is hiring a chef to live and cook in Buckingham Palace, and more news to start your day

Padma Lakshmi and Ruth Bader Ginsburg in someone’s home, taking a selfie together.
Padma Lakshmi shares selfie of herself with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Photo: Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi and RBG at an enviable dinner party

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently enjoyed a meal together, as captured in a photo Lakshmi shared on social media over the weekend.

Lakshmi, who is outspoken about feminism, immigration, and human rights, wrote in a caption accompanying the selfie:

There are meals in your life you will never forget. Meals you will tell your grandkids about. Last night was one of them. I had dinner with someone I’ve admired for a long long time. And she did not disappoint. Witty and whip smart, she had a twinkle in her eye the whole night. We sipped champagne, savored our gazpacho and crab and talked of India in the 80’s and so much more.

She also thanked the host of the dinner, restaurant critic and writer David Hagedorn and DHS communications official Michael Widomski, who were married by RBG in 2013. The Friday dinner was called “Dinner With Justice Ginsburg” and featured dishes including deviled eggs, tomato sandwiches, gazpacho with crab, king salmon with fried okra and eggplant, and peach crostata with ice cream, according to a menu obtained by Insider.

And in other news…

  • It was so hot over the weekend, the National Weather Service successfully baked biscuits in a parked car in Nebraska. [CNN]
  • Farmers are earning more from talking about farming on YouTube than from actual farming. [Bloomberg]
  • Alcohol contaminated with toxic levels of methane has killed at least 19 people in Costa Rica. [ABC News]
  • Another egregious example of the school lunch debt problem in this country: A Pennsylvania school district sent out hundreds of letters to parents with lunch debt to pay up or their children could end up in foster care. [CNN]
  • José Andrés’s World Central Kitchen is providing lunches for migrant children at the border. [Twitter]
  • The queen of England is looking for a full-time chef to join her royal household. The starting salary is surprisingly low (less than $30k), but hey, all your meals are included, and you get to live in Buckingham Palace rent-free. [Insider]
  • A pristine, apparently untouched In-N-Out double double was discovered sitting in the middle of the street in Queens for some unknown reason (there are no In-N-Out locations east of Kansas City). “It genuinely shook me to my core,” said a New York man who came across the burger. [NY Post]
  • A New Jersey pizzeria came up with the idea of attaching missing pet flyers to the top of their pizza delivery boxes to help reunite lost cats and dogs with their owners. Harnessing the powers of pizza for good — that’s amore! [GMA]

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