Kentucky Derby Dining; El Bulli Exhibit; Hottest Celeb Chefs; Farina Interview + More News

About 120,000 mint juleps are expected to be served at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Heading to Churchill Downs? Here are some Kentucky Derby dining recommendations. []

* Simply the best. What makes a restaurant the best isn’t a critic’s opinion so much as your own. [Telegraph]

* Never dined at El Bulli? You can still (sort of) experience it, thanks to a new exhibit in London this summer. [ABC News]

* Some like it hot. A round-up attractive celebrity chefs. [E! Online]

* California foie gras kerfuffle. This time, it’s personal. [Daily Pilot]

* Shop talk. Top Chef alum Richard Farina of moto chats with boss Homaro Cantu. [HuffPostContinue Reading

Dining with Strangers via Social Media; Advice from a Restaurant Host + More

Dining with strangers probably involves talking to them, too. We’re not sure if Rick would approve.

Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* Don’t talk to strangers. Dine with them instead. [The National]

* Please don’t seat yourself. And other niceties restaurant hosts wish you would observe when dining out. []

* Californians, look away! It’s Restaurant Augusts foie gras three ways. []

* What happens when hot dogs meet pizza pies? If you guessed an apocalypse, you’re wrong. [Journal Gazette]

* Sundance suggestions. Here are some Park City dining recommendations from a local. [CityWeekly]

* Is what you’re eating working for you? Or, rather, helping you work. Turns out that what you consume affects your performance on the job. [IndianExpress]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ filesFood photos unlike anything you’ve seen. []

On Our Plate: San Francisco Admins Enjoy Discounts Today; Dine Out for Life Tomorrow to Fight AIDS; Scotch Eggs Trending; California Foie Gras Ban

Geese flock to California upon learning their livers will no longer be on the menu come July 1, 2012.

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* If you’re an administrative professional in the Bay Area, take of advantage of awesome specials today at some of the area’s best restaurants.

* This week’s restaurant review trendScotch eggs!

* Do you agree with California’s impending ban on foie gras? Vote in this week’s poll!

* What’s your brunch styleLet us know in this fun and fast survey.

* Did you send the Tweet of the WeekFind out.

* Reserve to dine out to fight AIDS at select DenverMinneapolisPhiladelphiaSan DiegoSan Francisco, and Washington, D.C.  restaurants during Dining Out for Life tomorrow on April 26th!

* Restaurant Weeks in DetroitLong IslandMain Line, and Tacoma are happening now. Don’t miss your chance to dine out for less!

* Where did the stars, such as Will Arnett and Jason Segel, dine last week? Click through if you’re a celeb fan!

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Dining Poll: Is California Doing the Right — or Wrong — Thing in Banning Foie Gras?

On July 1, 2012, the state of California will ban the sale of foie gras products. As you may imagine, many chefs are outraged, animal-rights activists are overjoyed, and diners are caught in the crosshairs. What are your thoughts on the controversial ban of this controversial ingredient? Weigh in on today’s poll!