Richie Akiva, owner of celebrity favorite Butter, tells us that he and his partner Scott Sartiano’s next project 1OAK is set to open at 453 West 17th Street on October 19. He won’t tell us much more: “I really want it to be a surprise. It’s going to change the face of nightlife in New York.” He’s also working on opening clubs in Los Angeles and Miami (the latter, we can report, will be an outpost of Butter). So when he’s not starving himself for the Jewish holidays or enjoying “wifey day” with his current girlfriend (past lucky ladies: Mary-Kate, Lindsay, Carmen Kass, etc.), where does he butter his bread?
Missy Rayder, currently featured in Gap’s khaki ads, isn’t sweating the whole “skinny models” thing: She grew up in Wisconsin eating McDonald’s and microwaveable cheese-filled hot dogs. Her tastes were refined after she moved to New York City at the age of 16: “I switched a long time ago from my days of drugs to food.” Of course, that doesn’t mean she’s staying home cooking. “My stove doesn’t even work. I don’t think I’d be a very good wife.” Nevertheless we let her seduce us with tales of superlative brisket (fed to her while Terry Richardson photographed her for Uniqlo) and the best French fries in the city.
Mark Ronson, the A-list set's most in-demand D.J. — he's spun parties like the Met gala and is a favorite of everyone from Tommy Hilfiger to Jay-Z — isn't one for home cooking. "The only thing I really waste expendable income on is food. When I go to my accountant, he's like, 'Do you have to eat out all the time?' He's half happy I don't have a heroin addiction instead." We asked him how he allotted his dining dollars during the past week.
Lydia Hearst-Shaw's profile has only risen since People Magazine named her one of its "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2004. After modeling for Prada, Bottega Veneta, Clinique, MAC cosmetics, and more, the Hearst heiress and Heatherette darling was recently photographed for German fashion magazine Tush: "I got to smear caviar on my face. They warmed up an artichoke in a microwave and made it a little wet and they took it apart and they pulled my hair back and clipped it all over my head, so I looked like one of those Cabbage Patch Kids. I definitely wasn't smelling too great after." Sensing her love of food, we met up with her at SushiSamba and asked her what she ate during the past week.