Omnivore - Friday links: Acheson wooes Nick Melvin away from Parish; Rocco's new show and more...

Some food-related reading for your Friday morning.

John Kessler is reporting that Nick Melvin will leave Parish to work as chef de cuisine at Hugh Acheson's Empire State South, slated to open late in the summer.

Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni announced yesterday that he'll be launching a new column on New York's bar culture called the Tipsy Diaries.

Slate looks at cruelty towards farm animals and the legality of farmer violence against their livestock.

Eater reports that Rocco Dispirito has landed a show on Bravo called "Rocco's Dinner Party."

NPR reports on scientists trying to make tomatoes taste like tomato again. Um... the DUH quips are too obvious. Not even gonna bother.