Reciting poetry 

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Celeb Talk: Renowned renaissance woman Maya Angelou was spotted Wednesday having dinner with four friends at Morton's Steakhouse downtown. The poet, author, activist, playwright, director, producer and educator (I'm sure I'm absentmindedly leaving out at least one of Angelou's other talents) must have had a few too many glasses of vino because halfway through dinner, she began reciting her own poetry. Apparently, surrounding patrons stopped conversing to listen to Angelou's prose. As if she doesn't get enough attention.

Also in town last week promoting The Dukes of Hazzard were Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Daisy Duke herself, Jessica Simpson. There was no sign of Simpson's hubby, Nick Lachey, and it didn't seem like Knoxville's wife, Melanie, was in tow. Though we'll likely never know if the rumors of their affair are true, we do know this: Knoxville is known for his jackass antics and Simpson is known for not being so bright. You decide.

Restaurant Talk: Bob Amick is on fire. He already has two successful restaurants (One Midtown Kitchen and Two Urban Licks). He has just opened the highly anticipated Piebar in the former Trust Company Bank building on Monroe Drive. Trois, a 13,000-square-foot French bistro in the Hines Building at Peachtree and 14th streets is set to open in spring 2006. Now Dish hears that Amick and business partner Todd Rushing are planning to open the tentatively named TAP. The casual pub-style restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the Symphony Tower on Peachtree Street and will open approximately six months after Trois.

Chef to the stars Wolfgang Puck has been chosen to exclusively oversee special event catering at the Georgia Aquarium. With a 16,400-square-foot ballroom overlooking portions of the aquatic habitats, we can count on the aquarium throwing some pretty swanky parties. Maybe Puck will start crafting chocolate whale sharks (the aquarium will house the only two in North America) like he makes his famous chocolate Oscar statues for the post-Oscar party he caters each year.

If you've got any tantalizing tidbits worth knowing about, send them our way. Really, we won't tell a soul.


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