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Mario Batali, Pat LaFrieda to Live Off $1.48 a Meal

Mario Batali, Pat LaFrieda to Live Off $1.48 a Meal


The 2 food personalities are supporting the Food Bank for New York City in their latest charity challenge

If you've ever cursed Mario Batali for those hefty Del Posto bills, perhaps you can rest easy knowing that this week, he'll be living off $31 for food.

For one week only, Batali and his family are trying out the food stamp budget to bring awareness to the Food Bank for New York City's Food Stamp Challenge.

The challenge limits participants to a food budget of $31 per person per week or just $1.48 a meal.

"For one week, walk in someone else’s shoes. Knowledge is power, and by trying to understand what our friends and neighbors are going through, we will be better equipped to find solutions," Batali said in a press release.

Also on the participants list? Pat LaFrieda, New York City butcher at large, as well as Food Bank CEO Margarette Purvis. We imagine this week's menu will be full of rice and beans.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


Published: 22:27 BST, 11 August 2014 | Updated: 22:52 BST, 11 August 2014

The celebrity New York butcher who put the $28 hamburger on the map has revealed that he was grilled by gun-toting thugs and forced to break ties with mob bosses during the early years in the family meat business.

In the new book Meat: Everything You Need to Know Mr LaFrieda, whose business serves top restaurants from Minetta Tavern to Shake Shack, explains how two mob hitmen threatened to shoot him at his West Village warehouse because he was taking too much business.

One told him: ': 'The only reason it hasn’t happened already is that there are too many guys in white coats walking around here. We’d have to shoot five or six of ’em before we got to the right guy,' the 38-year-old told Page Six.

Meat master: Pat LaFrieda discusses the family business, recipes, and mob connections in his forthcoming book, Meat: Everything You Need to Know

He responded by saying: 'When the shooters come, tell them to look for the guy in the blue coat,' which, he adds, he has worn ever since.

So Mr LaFrieda made a deal: He would buy three pallets of poultry per day if they would leave his partner alone.


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