Nobu Hotel in Limbo Thanks to Lehman; Woman to Head Michelin

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Among the hotels stymied by the Lehman Brothers meltdown are Robert De Niro's Nobu hotel planned for lower Manhattan and Shangri-La in midtown. [NYT]

In other trickle-down news: Enrollment at the French Culinary Institute has doubled since September. Founder Dorothy Hamilton sounds "almost giddy at her good fortune." [Globe and Mail]

For the first time in 108 years, a woman (also a German!) will edit the Michelin red guides. [Kitchen Rat]

Marlow & Daughters celebrated its opening last week with a crown-roast-shaped red-velvet cake made with lard, not shortening. [Brooklyn Kitchen]

The Post has a look back at five years of Marquee . With bottle sales down, Noah Tepperberg "realizes Marquee will have to adapt if it wants a 10-year anniversary ... suggesting cover charges may rise, drink prices might increase, staff sizes may shrink and profits could dip." [NYP]