CULINARY OCCASIONS
Sunday is National Meatball Day!

The internet is a magical place, folks. It's filled with weird YouTube videos, scams, niche memes that only a few understand, and a boatload of awesome meatball recipes. Luckily for you, Joonbug.com sifted through the latter pile and found the most baller (see what we did there?) ways to celebrate National Meatball Day! If you're looking for a way to spice up drab spaghetti, are crazy for all things spherical, or just want to find a good vegetarian substitute, you've come to the right place.

If you are new to the world of internet recipes, then you may not have heard of Chef John from Food Wishes, a genius who might be the reigning champ in food porn. He makes witty (and not so witty) jokes, a DMX reference here or there, and some fantastic looking meals. In this recipe, Chef John gives us a few pointers in making The World's Fastest Meatballs, with no rolling, no frying, and no chopping, then proceeds to show viewers the most gorgeous bowl of spaghetti and meatballs ever.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
It's National Eat Italian Food Day!

With Valentine's Day coming up and NYFW coming to a close, it's easy to forget the really important things, like the fact that today is National Eat Italian Food Day. If you've got a craving for pizza or pasta, we've got you covered. Here's a list of some prime restaurants featuring the honored cuisine, a few special happenings, and as always, delicious bites.

Special Deals

For the culinary holiday, this atmospheric eatery will feature $4 veal and chicken meatball samplers at the bar. Additionally, restaurant partner and philanthropist Stewart Rahr will be donating $15 to St. Jude Children's Hospital for every ordered dish of Penne a la Rah Rah Tre Formaggi with Truffle Oil today and every other day until $1 million is raised.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Two M's in a Pod

Renowned Chef Mario Batali partners with the talented ‘New York celebrity catering chef’, Mary Giuliani, in a new venture, MARIO by Mary. This unique catering fusion is a delectable revolution, combining the amazing talents of two major players in the culinary world. MARIO by Mary’s delicious Italian-themed menu allows eager customers to savor the two masterminds' creations through beautiful presentation and delightful aromas--and all within the luxury of their own homes. Surely, thier guests’ appetites will be more than pleased!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Chefs in the Garden: Mario Batali's Dinner Series

The Edible Garden section of the New York Botanical Garden will be put to good use this summer as the expert in Italian cuisine, Mario Batali, presents a series of family-style dinners. The dinners commenced on July 15 and have three more dates on July 26, August 2 and August 12. Family Dinners with Mario Batali's Chefs is an interactive event in which children and adults will participate. They will learn gardening and cooking skills accompanied by demonstrations by a few of Batali's featured chefs. The dinners are all three-course meals and the ingredients used will be those harvested from the garden.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Babbo Does Lunch Starting...NOW
MARIO BATALI
Mario Batali Settles Worker Tipping Lawsuit for $5.25 Million

Mario Batali and business parter, Joe Bastianich, have been embroiled in a wage-related lawsuit with their restaurant workers since July 2010. Yesterday, Law 360 repoted that the chef and restaurateur will settle the suit for $5.25 million.

According to Law, the 117 plaintiffs involved in the class action suit claimed that there had been a pattern of "illegal tip-skimming," where the restaurant servers were regularly shorted their wages over the course of many months. A case-related article on The Huffington Post states that, "Batali's restaurants, among other misdeeds, took four or fiver percent of tips given to servers for alcohol and wine sales to pay sommeliers' salaries."

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Pizza a Quattro Mani

This week kicked off Eataly’s in-house, upscale Italian pizzeria chain, Rossopomodoro’s “Pizza a Quattro Mani” event. Meaning pizza made by four hands in Italian, this event will entail exactly that, a rotating group of guest Neapolitan-style pizzerias cooking alongside pizza maker, Rosario Granieri. Starting at 5 p.m. for the next five Mondays, guest pizzeria’s will use Rossopomodoro’s two, side-by-side wood-fired pizza ovens some of New York City’s best know pizzerias will create their signature pizza’s for Eataly patrons along with Rossopomodoro’s regular menu.

DAILY BITES
Num Pang + Mario Batali = Batali Pang

Owners of Num Pang Sandwich Shop, Ben Daitz and Ratha Chaupoly have teamed up with Mario Batali to create a super sandwich that will benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Cambodian Children's Fund. The sandwich, called the Batali Pang, is comprised of cotcchino sausage, balsamic pickled onions and cacio de Roma cheese, folded into the the traditional Num Pang fixings (chili mayo, pickled carrots, cucumber, and cilantro on toasted semolina flour baguette). The Batali Pang launches today (and lasts for one month) and is available at both Num Pang locations for $9.75 ($6 of every sandwich will go to charity).

NOTABLES
Interview with Iron Chef Winner and Mixologist Tony Abou Ganim

Renowned cocktail expert, Tony Abou Ganim, was winner of Iron Chef America 2007 with Mario Batali, is the National Ambassador of the US Bartenders Guild, and Associate Member of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Obviously a world-class bartending connoisseur, Tony passes on his knowledge to wannabes and drink-lovers alike. Learn how he rose to fame, as well as tips for creating the perfect cocktail!

DAILY BITES
Batali Verbally Beats Up Bankers

Uh-Oh Mario!

A Forbes writer was quoted today after reporting that Mario Batali had some choice words to describe the Wall Street community at a Time Magazine panel honoring "Person of the Year." Since rumors of the Italian food guru's choice words surface, twitter and food blogs around the country have been blowing up in respose to the comments.

So what, exactly, did Batali say to get his former fans so riled up? According to a post on Grub Street, his exact words were, "...so the ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys...[Their] evil has had a huge effect on the world." Um, ok...