— DIANE CLEHANE
Today at Michael’s, they were dishing like it was 2007. As if the head-spinning assortment of media alpha gals (Katie! Tina! Barbara!) wasn’t enough to keep us busy, the dining room, bar and lounge was jam-packed with mavens and moguls of all stripes who barely made time to peck at their Cobb salads between all the table-hopping. It was hard to keep up! I made my rounds in the dining room to check in with the regulars, and all anyone wanted to know was ‘Who else is here today?’ (I’ve always thought this place was just like a high school cafeteria, but with better clothes.) Plenty of heads turned when Katie Couric breezed in sporting a chic, shorter ‘do and a pretty polka dot summer dress. The woman sitting next to me whispered, “She looks 35!” We have to agree. I caught Katie on her way to her table just long enough to ask what she has planned for her summer vacation next month. No trips to Wasilla for the CBS News’ anchor: “I’m going to the beach with my daughters to enjoy my time with them before Ellie goes off to college!”
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
2. Jeanine Pirro with publicist Adam Schiff and an unidentified bespectacled gal. I hadn’t talked to Jeanine since I profiled her for Westchester magazine last fall on the eve of the premiere of her show, Judge Jeanine. With one season under her robe, Jeanine is thrilled — “We’re in syndication now!” Life must be pretty good for the former Westchester DA — she was tan and dressed to the nines, toting a gorgeous alligator bag.
3. The ladies who lunch: Somers Farkas (in Pucci) with three other social swans
5. Stan Shuman and two distinguished gents.
9. Michael Gross, who told me that thanks to his publisher’s urging, he’s gotten plenty of traction for his latest book, Rogues Gallery, using Facebook.
11. Bobby Zarem
12. Linda Wells, who, it must be said, writes some of the best editor’s letters in the biz, with two Allure staffers and The New York Post‘s Keith Kelly. I’m guessing the news that Condé Nast has hired McKinsey to ‘rethink’ things may have come up over lunch…
15. Jim Signorelli
16. Tina Brown (rocking the skinny pants and high heels look) and two gals we didn’t know.
17. Mark Rosenthal
19. Catherine Saxton
21. Chuck Pfeifer
22. The Early Show: Parade‘s Ira Yoffe with cartoonist Danny Shanahan, whose work has been featured in the magazine and also runs in The New Yorker. Second seating: The tireless Judy Licht and Liz Dewey. Judy gave me some dish about a new project she’s got going with reporters Lynn White and Amanda Miller on WNBC’s New York Non-Stop. The trio of outspoken, fast talking gals have been doing a regular spot on the Wednesday evening broadcast with Chuck Scarborough hashing over the “lead story of the day,” says Judy and reaction has been so good, there’s interest in doing a pilot to spin it off as its own show. Stay tuned…
24. Nick E. Rubinstein and pals.
25. Walter Sabo
26. Maureen Reidy, who was working the room like nobody’s business.
28. David Corvo
29. Victor Garvey
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