Per Se Raises Prices; Shill for Whole Foods, Win Food

You’re going to regret not going to Per Se the last time you had a chunk of change to burn: Thomas Keller’s luxe restaurant has raised prices for both the regular and vegetarian menus to $275 for nine courses. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]

Violence continues in the Flatiron club district, as two men were arrested for stabbing a patron and a bouncer at Club Spy after a fight erupted in the VIP room. [NYP]

As part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Green the Capitol project, the cafeterias are getting a locavore makeover, with the goal to sell as much locally grown, organic food as possible. [WP]

Tell Gothamist and Whole Foods about your New Year’s resolution to eat right and how Whole Foods can help you achieve that goal — in other words, shill for the company — and you could win a fully stocked pantry, or at least as fully stocked as $350 will allow. [Gothamist]

Jamie Oliver continued on his campaign of health and knowing what you eat with a new TV show aired last night that depicted the autopsy of a 350-pound man who “literally ate himself to death.” Ew. [The Grinder/Chow]

Graffiti chef Jehangir Mehta enjoyed being yelled at by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Rocco DiSpirito when he was working in their kitchens. [Restaurant Girl]

Rumors are back that troubled establishment Gin Lane has closed for good, since last Friday at 6 p.m. the curtains were drawn and the plaque outside the restaurant had been removed. [Imbible/Citysearch]
Related: Is Gin Lane on Death’s Doorstep, or Will It Soon Be Reborn?

McDonald’s will spend $2 billion this year to renovate 1,500 locations and open up about 1,000 more, with at least 125 locations slated to open in China. [Chicago Tribune]