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EaterWire: Big 4 Cuts Lunch, Obama Keeps White House Chef, Naked Chefs, Martini House's New Menus

NOB HILL—Another upscale power lunch spot is cutting its midday service: with the new year, the Huntington Hotel's historic Big 4 Restaurant—whose website says it's "known locally as 'the place' for the power lunch"—has abandoned lunch and Sunday brunch. [EaterWire]

THE FILLMORE—Starting this week, 1300 on Fillmore is hopping on the bandwagon and introducing "Fillmore Mondays Neighborhood Night," a three course meal including soup or salad, Black Skillet Fried Chicken and dessert for $28. [EaterWire]

WHITE HOUSE—There won't be a new toque in the White House, despite the efforts of Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl and Danny Meyer: "President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have decided that Cristeta Comerford, the executive chef at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, will stay put, a transition official said on Thursday." [NYT]

ST. HELENA—Some changes at Napa standby Martini House. Not only is chef Todd Humphries rolling out a new bar menu to provide more casual options, but he's making the staff family meal available to the public on a first come, first serve basis for only $10-12 (Mon-Thu; 5-6:30pm). [EaterWire]

CELEBRITY CHEFDOM, PART I—Ladies and gents, Rachael Ray in all her glory: "...artist Alex Gardega is painting a nude, 6-foot portrait of 'charming and sexy' Rachael Ray and using paprika mixed with oils for the TV chef's skin tones" [NYP]

CELEBRITY CHEFDOM, PART II—Ladies and gents, Rocco DiSpirito in all his, ahem, glory: "Rocco Dispirito was the best lay she ever had. She also claims that he had a perfect penis. Howard asked what that means. Whitney said that he looks like the statue David...like a Viagra version of the statue of David." [DBTH via ENY]

CELEBRITY CHEFDOM, PART III—And to make it a Thursday trifecta, please do enjoy the reactions of Top Chef fans to Anthony Bourdain ... in all his glory. [Fafarazzi]

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