Laurie Burrows Grad, the L.A.-based food writer who also stages the annual Dinner at Sardi's benefit to raise money for Alzheimer's research, had a 35-minute audience with the president yesterday to talk about the disease, the Washington Post's Reliable Sources column writes. Grad's father, the late Broadway producer Abe Burrows, suffered from Alzheimer's. Her brother is the TV producer and director James Burrows.
Reliable Sources also revisits LAT wine columnist David Shaw's Feb. 25 piece on Patricia Kluge, who used her divorce settlement from media mogul John Kluge to set up a winery. The story turned more interesting than most wine columns after Shaw asked about Internet photos he found of her as an erotic model in the 1970s, and about her Iraq roots.