We kick around a grab bag of news items with Chef Rob Newton of Brooklyn’s Nightingale 9, Wilma Jean, Smith Canteen, and Black Walnut. On the menu: This week’s big profiles of chefs Dominique Crenn (in The New York Times) and Daniel Humm (in Esquire); a discussion of awards on the heels of the James Beard Foundation semifinalist announcements; and how the Day Without Immigrants protest effects, and reflects, the industry. And Rob tells us a little about cooking Southern in the Big Apple.

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