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Brooklyn Pigfest Suffers Notable Pig Shortage

The Seventh Annual Brooklyn Pigfest was held this past weekend and, except for the part about running out of food, was a huge success. Hundreds of people paid $85 a head to eat some of the city’s best barbecue, cooked up by the combined forces of the Waterfront Ale House and the soon-to-open Hill Country BBQ. Both teams had to scramble, though, as a result of organizers having wildly underestimated the number of attendees. Many frustrated figures were left standing in line with little to show for their time and money but some hastily cooked ribs — if that.

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Williamsburg’s Aurora Opening in Soho Thursday

Dumbo: Restaurants and shops including Bubby’s and Jacques Torres Chocolate will celebrate Mother’s Day by offering brunch specials and discounts. [Dumbo Improvement District] Or just bring Mom to the Brooklyn Pigfest, also held this Saturday, for all-you-can-eat barbecue. [Brooklyn Record] Midtown West: City Club Hotel guests are no longer the only patrons of the DB Bistro Moderne breakfast; morning service is now open to the public. [Grub Street] Soho: Williamsburg Roman favorite Aurora is opening a 60-seat branch on 510 Broome Street on Thursday. [Grub Street] West Village: Property managers of the former Movida space have high hopes of bringing in a Starbucks. [Gawker]

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Vendors at Red Hook Ball Fields Postpone Opening

Brooklyn Heights: Brooklyn Pigfest, a major outdoor barbecue event at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge, is slated for May 12. [The Food Section] Financial District: Front Street sees the soft opening of New Zealand gastropub Nelson Blue. [Eater] Midtown West: Haven't made it to Insieme? Jason Perlow's photo-essay chronicles, in loving and lingering detail, every course at Marco Canora's new restaurant. [Off the Broiler] Landmarc at the Time Warner Center makes a mean-looking burger. [Gothamist] Red Hook: A new stoplight at the intersection of Van Brunt and Sullivan streets should help ease traffic caused by Fairway. [The Brooklyn Paper] Opening day for the ball fields' food stands has been postponed, for one more week! [Gowanus Lounge] Flatiron: Eleven Madison Park declines to keep their trial pastry chef, Richard Bies; until they hire a permanent replacement for Nicole Kaplan, Daniel Humm himself is handling the dessert program. [Grub Street] Related: Nicole Kaplan Ditching Eleven Madison Park

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Alain Ducasse Hates Molecular Gastronomy; BLT Market Pushed Back to August

Alain Ducasse speaks out on his restaurants, his rivalry with Joël Robuchon, and the challenge of running a global empire. But his most pointed remarks are about molecular gastronomy: “I prefer to be able to identify what I’m eating.” [Bloomberg] BLT Market, Laurent Tourondel’s entry into the Haute Barnyard sweepstakes, has been pushed back to August. [RG] “Hipster chef” Sam Mason’s new Internet TV show gets love in the Daily News, which swooningly describes him as “witty, goateed and extremely good-looking.” But you already knew that. [NYDN] Related: The Launch

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