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David Zinczenko on His New 'High-Profile Life' and the Real Story Behind His Leaving Rodale - Posted May 8, 2013
I've been looking forward to today's Michael's lunch for quite a while. David Zinczenko, who I met in this very dining room many years ago, was joining me with his business partner Stephen Perrine... [FishbowlLA]

Isabella Rossellini's Animal Instincts - Posted May 1, 2013
There are lunches at Michael's and then there are lunches at Michael's. Today I joined Isabella Rossellini at Table One and had a fascinating conversation with her about aging, celebrity, fashion and gay geese. Stay with me ... these seemingly disparate... [FishbowlLA]

Joe Kernen Settles a Bet, Plus the Return of Michael Wolff - Posted March 6, 2013
Threats of yet another winter storm (We're begging for mercy!) didn't keep the faithful from Michael's today. In fact, the dining room was even more crowded than usual as some of the city's biggest hot shots cooled their heels at the bar and in the lounge as they waited to be... [FishbowlLA]

Naomi Campbell and Her Supermodel Castmates Dish About Their New 'Face' - Posted February 6, 2013
We were more than a little disappointed to learn that we missed Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey when he lunched with producer Paula Wagner at Table One on Monday. (Doesn't he know Wednesday is the day for lunch at Michael's?) Luckily, today's oh-so-fabulous lunch with the cast of... [FishbowlLA]

Lisa Vanderpump Dishes on the Beverly Hills Housewives, Wendy Williams Holds Court - Posted January 9, 2013
Happy New Year -- now let's get back to business. The power lunch season is back in full swing at Michael's, so we're serving up a double helping of 'Lunch' this week. On Tuesday, Lisa Vanderpump and her husband ... [FishbowlLA]

Tom Brokaw, Randi Zuckerberg and David Zinczenko's Next Chapter - Posted December 5, 2012
As any self-respecting power luncher knows, December is no time to slack off and dip into the egg nog. Quite the contrary. The noontime hour during the holidays may be reserved for a little shopping for those that still go the brick and mortar route, but the regulars at Michael's know... [FishbowlLA]

Barbara Walters, Joe Kernen and One Republican's Response to the Debate - Posted October 17, 2012
After last week's head-spinning scene where real-life democrats took campaign advice from fictional politicians (Chris Noth, you've got my vote), I thought I'd pretty much covered the landscape of presidential politics among the Wednesday Michael's crowd. Nothing doing. Before I could settle in for my lunch with P... [FishbowlLA]

Star Jones, Charlie Rose and Manhattan's Most Discreet Fine Jeweler - Posted October 3, 2012
The line to get into Michael's snaked onto the sidewalk today as the fall power lunch season finally got under way. There were talking heads (Star Jones, Charlie Rose... [FishbowlLA]

Eliot Spitzer on CNN's Identity Crisis: 'There's No Objectivity in Network News' - Posted June 6, 2012
It was the usual Wednesday mix of moguls (Jon Tisch), media men (Richard Beckman, Mike Perlis... [FishbowlLA]

A Regis & Kathie Lee Reunion, Plus Harold Ford Jr., Carl Bernstein and Star Jones - Posted May 2, 2012
I love it when Michael's is firing on all cyclinders. After a nasty bug kept me away from 55th Street last week, it was good to see the dining room jam packed with celebs of all stripes. Everywhere you looked there was a famous face -- Kathie Lee Gifford... [FishbowlLA]

Ed Rollins Talks Presidential Politics; The 1 Percent Toasts the Good Life - Posted March 14, 2012
We've gotten so used to the celebrity circus that has dominated Michael's lately that we did a double take when we found the dining room populated mostly by suits, well-heeled ladies and dandies who prefer to let their bank accounts (not publicists) do the talking. Aside from the usual boldface names... [FishbowlLA]

A Party for Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor; Katie Couric Holds Court - Posted March 7, 2012
It's been a pretty wild winter at Michael's. Far from suffering from the seasonal doldrums, the place has been operating on full tilt every Wednesday with a fresh array of A-listers that always make for some pretty good people watching. Today was no exception. Besides the jam packed dining room filled with... [FishbowlLA]

Dan Rather, Steve Kroft and An Encore Appearance by John Legend - Posted February 29, 2012
I got several emails last week when I was on vacation alerting me to John Legend's presence in the dining room. "You're missing him!" texted one faithful "Lunch" reader. "Oh well," I thought, "next time." Imagine my surprise when the singer magically appeared in the dining room today and even shot... [FishbowlLA]

Katie Couric, Star Jones & the Fashion Week Flock - Posted February 15, 2012
The media A-list has decided that winter is over (did it ever start?) and came out of hibernation in a major way at Michael's today. Every square inch of the dining room was occupied by boldface names of every description from social swans (Amy Fine Collins... [FishbowlLA]

Al Roker, Barbara Bush and Peggy Siegal Fetes Elizabeth Olsen - Posted November 9, 2011
We were disappointed to hear that we'd missed seeing Wendy Williams who'd come by on Monday for lunch with her parents. A little birdie told me that the talk show diva issued this rallying cry to mom and dad before departing to face the lone papa... [FishbowlLA]

Alexis Glick Dishes with Michelle Paterson, NY Republican Chair Talks Turner Victory - Posted September 14, 2011
It was SRO at Michael's today. The dining room was a tasty mix of media mavens with a heaping helping of politicos and a dash of flash with a very tall L.A. Laker. (We don't follow basketball, but several guys in the room made sure we knew it was Matt Barnes... [FishbowlLA]

All in the Family with Joe Kernen & A Dark Shadows Star is Reborn - Posted August 10, 2011
It was a bustling scene at Michael's today as the power lunch crowd crammed in some last minute networking before their late summer vacations. In the mix: talking heads (Joe Kernen, ... [FishbowlLA]

Bob Schieffer, Carl Bernstein and The Shopaholic Squadron - Posted July 27, 2011
It was a tasty mix of media mavens and fab fashionistas at Michael's today as the town car set dined and dished before jetting off to their summer cottages. While Rupert Murdoch was still topic A for plenty of regulars, talk of the stalemate ... [FishbowlLA]

Tom Brokaw, Trudie Styler, Joan Rivers & Happy Birthday, Jon Meacham! - Posted May 18, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE If you were wondering why the streets of midtown seemed a bit quiet today it was because everyone -- well, almost everyone -- was at Michael's today. I could barely keep up as the A-listers filed in one after another (Tom Brokaw... [AllTwitter]

Kerry Kennedy & Jackie Author Come Face To Face - Posted April 13, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Sometimes it seems as if all roads lead to Michael's -- well, at least on Wednesdays. Today, the planets aligned to bring together folks with some interesting six-degrees-of-separation connections. I was talking to 'Mayor' Joe Armstron... [FishbowlLA]

Rachel Uchitel Creates A Stir at Michael's - Posted March 30, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE Having covered the scene at Michael's for some time now, I've been witness to plenty of Fellini-esque tableaus where the head-spinning mix of stars and strivers, masters of the universe, and alien-like actors never ceases to amuse and occasionally amaze me, but today was off the charts. What started... [FishbowlLA]

Blake Lively, Charlie Rose And An Ex-Caped Crusader - Posted March 2, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE I just love it when the random celebrity turns up at Michael's for lunch. It's always entertaining to watch the usual suspects try to simultaneously network and star gaze. Today's out-of-left-field appearances represented both new and old Hollywood (just like this year's Oscars but... [FishbowlLA]

Tina Brown, Al Roker and Facebook's Flummoxed Friends - Posted January 5, 2011
-- DIANE CLEHANE The holidays are over (finally!), so it was back to business for the moguls and mavens that trickled into Michael's today. The telltale sign was last month's run on red wine has been replaced by orders of Diet Coke (No more ducking out early 'to go Christmas shopping' for... [FishbowlLA]

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