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Mike Isabella's Industry Night Replacement Menu Causes Controversy (Updated)

Industry Nights are gone after January, and will be replaced by food and art pairing dinners. But a Notorious B.I.G. tribute menu had some claiming racism.

Missy Frederick is the Cities Director for Eater.

January 5 will be the last time to attend Industry Night at Graffiato. The monthly event, where guest chefs come in to prepare free food, has drawn big crowds (and sparked a few imitators) since its debut.

Isabella will replace them with food and art pairing dinners, according to the Going Out Guide. The first one is a Notorious B.I.G tribute dinner, so they'll clearly be keeping things a little goofy.

UPDATE: The initial menu posted for the dinner has caused some controversy, with several people on Twitter calling such dishes as "thug rice" racist, according to Washington City Paper. The menu has been removed from the website.

Mike Isabella sent Eater this statement: "The Graffiato dinner on February 2 is a celebration of hip hop from two of the greatest artists of the 90s. The menu is still a work in progress, and dishes will be inspired by songs, lyrics and classic east and west coast dishes."


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