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I’m no Reliable Source, and the City Paper  is not exactly known for its celebrity gossip. But these are trying times, and the Young & Hungry blog could use the hits that will no doubt come his way once he types “Halle Berry” into the meta-tag field.

  • Berry is supposed to be dining Monday night at Teatro Goldoni, as part of a private party at the K Street institution, now under the creative command of chef Enzo Fargione. According to Fargione, the party will also include the likes of Spike Lee, Ron Howard, and Susan Sarandon. But you autograph seekers should just cool your jets. All the celebs will be safely ensconced in private rooms, and there will be security at the front door. You could nurse a few drinks at the bar, and sample a few plates from Fargione’s dynamite bar menu, in hopes that you might still be there when the famous folks walk out the door. But that’s as close as you’re gonna get.
  • NewsHour host Jim Lehrer and Joel L. Klein, chancellor of New York City’s public schools, will be dining at Ardeo on Inauguration Day, presumably separately. They’ll have a chance to sample the cooking of Alex McWilliams, a promising chef who took over the kitchen late last year.
  • Washington Post Chairman Donald Graham is planning to eat at the Oval Room on the big day. Lucky him. Tony Conte, I think, is the most underrated chef in town.

Oh, and just to mess with the Google search engines: Halle Berry, Halle Berry, Halle Berry.

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