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Party Bite: Eater Celebrates Relaunch

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Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman and Lockhart Steele

Lockhart Steele hosted a private bash for friends and foodies on the third floor of The Spotted Pig Monday night to celebrate the relaunch of his Eater site. The attendees included Gawker crew new and old: Nick Denton, Neel Shah, Elizabeth Spiers, Foster Kamer and Andrew Krucoff.

There was also a turnout of restaurant owners such as David Chang of Momofuku, and publicist-cum-anecdotalist Sloane Crosley, Fashism founder Brooke Moreland, and FourSquare developers Dennis Crowley and Harry Heymann. Spotted Pig owner Ken Friedman was also on hand to man the festivities.

–by Drew Grant

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Elizabeth Spiers’ Take On Brazil Plane Crash Flamed

Wondering what Elizabeth Spiers has been up to since abruptly leaving Deadhorse Media, her downtown blog network? Why, it appears mediabistro.com’s former editor has been traveling with her boyfriend, pitching stories to Slate and responding to subsequent reader hatemail. Here’s her lede:

The World’s Worst Airline
A TAM plane crashed in Brazil Tuesday. I wasn’t surprised.

By Elizabeth Spiers

TAM Linhas Aereas is the worst airline in the world. I’ve been saying that repeatedly since early April, when my boyfriend and I took a short vacation in Brazil and returned happy with our stay but traumatized by the air travel. So Tuesday, when a TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A320 on an inbound domestic route skidded off the Sao Paulo airport runway, tried to take off again, and crashed into a cargo building owned by the same carrier, exploding on impact and incinerating nearly 200 people, I felt angrily (and OK, smugly) justified in my condemnation.

Now, obviously, Slate columns — any column, for that matyter — are inherently meant to be provactive. Not for the faint of heart. But even Spiers seemed to be caught off guard by the ensuing message board vitriol. Here’s a sample:

Slate Should Know Better Than to Print This … This looks like a piece written by an immature teenager girl with no knowledge at all about the aviation industry and with dramatic personal experiences that nobody cares. Her writing is irresponsible and malicious. It is also disrespectful to the employees of TAM and the victims of the recent tragedy. This type of writing would fit more for a sensationalistic magazine that covers nonsense things like the celebrity gossip. I hope for Ms. Spiers to remove this article and in the future write only responsibly and with regard of others.

Even old friends like Andrew Krucoff are appalled:

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