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Bottega On Eat. Pray. Love. Press Junket; Out the Door Mission; Ruth Reichl, Alice Waters and MORE

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WINE COUNTRY - Michael Chiarello entertained 180 media and VIP guests at his restaurant Bottega in Youtville during the press junket for Eat. Pray. Love. late last week. Director Ryan Murphy, producer Dede Gardner and even Billy Bush of Access Hollywood enjoyed a meal that supposedly replicates what was eaten in the yet-to-be released film's Rome dining scene," including cavetelli alla carbonara, veal saltimbocca and loads of gelato. [EaterWire]

FOOD AWARDS - Ruth Reichl, Paul Bertolli, Alice Waters and editors from Sunset Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle and will sit on the board of judges for the inaugural Good Food Awards created by San Francisco-based Seedling Projects. The awards recognize foods that are both tasty and responsibly produced. Winners will be announced on January 14, 2011 and those interested in submitting a product should view the Web site. [EaterWire]

WINE WIRE - The French Laundry sommelier Matthew Stamp was named the nation's top sommelier at the U.S. Sommelier Championship run by the Guild of Sommeliers. And we're telling you it's okay to gloat a little about this. [ISSF]

FERMENTED BEAT - If you're into kombucha, specifically the GT's strain, you've probably already noticed that it's started to show up on shelves again. But we're passing this on anyway. [SFoodie]

CHARLES PHAN WIRE - Today GrubStreet received an exciting tip regarding Charles Phan's return to his original Mission outpost. Sounds like he's looking to put another Out the Door into the old 584 Valencia Street space, including a mezzanine-level bar an cocktail program. We're hoping to learn more soon. [GrubStreet]

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