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Patti LaBelle Invites Pie Guy to Thanksgiving ... With Strings Attached

11/27/2015 6:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Patti Labelle showed her gratitude to the guy who helped make her sweet potato pies a sensation ... but apparently the invitation came with a condition.

The video is hilarious ... Patti and James are together at Patti's home in Philly, and they're singing up a storm.  But notice they're both holding one of her sweet potato pies ... the ones that flew off the shelves at Walmart after James sang its delicious praises.

Patti took some heat after telling our photog her pie success was all her doing, not James'.

Mercedes-Benz The Best (Food) or Nothing

11/27/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Mercedes-Benz is so classy ... even their commercial shoots have 5-star catering for lunch.

Check out the menu on a recent set in Pasadena for the brand new GLE 350 SUV ... it's pretty far from a cold-cut platter.

-- Spicy shrimp over white grits topped with garlic beer creole sauce

-- Organic buttermilk fried chicken & jalapeño waffle topped with country sausage gravy

-- Kobe meatloaf over Yukon gold mashed potatoes topped with a root beer raisin glaze

-- Fresh apple & berry cobbler

We're told the crew for the commercial went nuts ... and everyone cleaned their plates.

Your move, Hyundai.


Floyd Mayweather My Thanksgiving Weigh In 100lbs of Turkey!!!

11/25/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Floyd Mayweather is dropping a ridiculous $1,000 a plate on his Thanksgiving dinner, but it's going to be a knockout on the taste buds.  

TMZ got a copy of what's on the menu from Floyd's personal chef, Chef Q. She tells us she's already trekked to four grocery stores to get all the ingredients, and at the center of it all won't just be one bird but four 25lb turkeys!!!

Also on the menu...

Sweet Honey BBQ chicken 

Smothered Oxtails

Lemon pepper salmon 

Jerk Tilapia 

Seafood Gumbo

And that's just the protein. As for the sides ...

Mac & cheese 

Colossal shrimp mac & cheese

Candied yams 

Garlic mashed potatoes 

Cornbread sage dressing 

Black-eyed peas 

Seasoned rice 

Collard greens with smoked turkey

Braised cabbage 

Green beans with potatoes 

Okra, corn and tomatoes

Mixed Green Salad 

Hawaiian rolls 

Creole turkey gravy 

Cranberry sauce 

Chef Q tells us they're expecting over 50 people, so Floyd's gonna drop at least $50k on the meal for his family and TMT crew.

And everyone better leave room for dessert cause Q's making her famous bread pudding.

Jennifer Lawrence & Emma Stone Don't Worry ... We'll Get Your Duck, Adele

11/24/2015 2:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1124-adele-jennifer-lawrence-emma-splash-akmgsi-3The #1 album isn't the only thing Adele scored this week -- she got a free meal courtesy of her celebrity friends ... TMZ has learned. 

As we told you, Adele did dinner with Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone Monday night at Cosme NYC ... a Mexican restaurant in the Flat Iron District, and the big question's been -- "Who paid?"

Our sources tell us when the bill came ... Adele was told her money's no good here -- and Emma, J Law and a 4th non-famous diner split the tab.

As for what they ate -- we're told they went for duck carnitas, blue shrimp a la veracruzana, corn husk meringue, and beets with corn salsa and cheese. 

Fancy. And pricey ... the duck alone goes for $59!



Lisa Vanderpump's Villa Blanca Hit By Hottest Thief Ever

11/22/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

APB ... Be on the lookout for a really dreamy crook with washboard abs, lugging a stolen bike and a carton of milk.

Lisa Vanderpump's famous restaurant Villa Blanca in Bev Hills was hit by the above described hunk, who made his way into the basement area and rooted around for valuables.

Surveillance video shows the guy meandering around ... apparently frustrated he couldn't find better stuff. 

It's unclear why his hoodie was unzipped but hey, you never know who's watching. This could be his big break.

Beverly Hills PD is on the hunt. 

Jared Fogle Facing Serious Temptations ... Behind Bars

11/21/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1120_jared_fogle_jail_meal_getty_tmz_compositeJared Fogle's famous weight loss is in serious jeopardy because he's about to have access to a ton of fatty foods until he ships off to a federal pen.

Jared's temporary home is Henderson County Detention Center in Kentucky, and we've learned he, and all the inmates there, can order some serious care packages filled with things like:

-- Triple bacon burger deluxe

-- Pizza and wing party pack

-- Meat lovers or BBQ chicken pizza

-- Tons of candy, chips, snacks, and sodas

During sentencing, Jared's attorney floated the theory his sexual compulsion started after his Subway diet squashed his compulsive eating problem.

So, welcome back to the danger zone, Jared's waistline ... and other body parts.

Patti LaBelle YouTube Guy's Lovely But I'm the Brains Behind My Sweet Potato Pie!

11/20/2015 8:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Patti LaBelle loves the YouTube guy who sang the praises of her sweet potato pies, but she says the frenzy over the delicious dessert is all her doing.

The famous diva whose pies have flown off the shelves at just about every Walmart in the US of A was not sharing credit as she showed up to the London hotel in a very rainy NYC. Patti loves James Wright, but she says the success is all hers.

BTW ... it's insane what's happening with the pies ... some are going for $100 on Craigslist. We called 30 Walmart stores and they said December is the earliest they'll be restocked. 

Snoop Dogg Slingin' Turkeys in Inglewooood!

11/20/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Snoop Dogg did his part to ensure nobody has a munchie-less Thanksgiving ... by passing out turkeys to the needy.

The rap legend showed up -- a bit late -- to The Forum with Inglewood Mayor James Butts to hand out birds ... and kiss his adoring fans.

Snoop didn't have to reveal how he prepares his turkey ... of course, it's smoked.

Jared Fogle Subway Diet Made Him a Sex Fiend ... Expert Claims

11/19/2015 8:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jared Fogle's attorneys are making a last ditch effort to minimize his prison sentence by suggesting his famous drop in weight led to his compulsion for sex with minors.

Fogle stoically walked into the courtroom, where his lawyers had a sexual behavior expert testify that Fogle had compulsive eating disorder -- but his Subway weight loss took care of that. The expert added that once he lost the pounds he developed compulsive hypersexuality disorder.

It sounds bizarre, but clearly Fogle's lawyers are trying everything they can to convince the judge he doesn't deserve the maximum sentence of 12 1/2 years ... as laid out in his plea deal.

Fogle formally entered a guilty plea, and testimony is continuing before the judge announces his sentence.

Story developing ... 

Famous L.A. Restaurateur Cops to Poisoning Unborn Fetus

11/13/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1113_Josh-Woodward_gettyJosh Woodward, a famous L.A. restaurateur who allegedly killed his unborn child, just copped a plea and will do prison time. 

Woodward appeared in court Friday and pled no contest to attempted murder.  

Woodward, who also owns restaurants in Miami, allegedly put his finger in a drug called Misoprostol, a drug that induces labor and terminates pregnancy.  

His baby mama says Josh repeatedly dipped his hand in a plastic bag filled with the drug and then touched her sexually 3 times ... her baby died a few hours later.  

Woodward is expected to get 9 years in prison when he's sentenced in January.

Marshawn Lynch Gives $500 to McDonald's Worker ... 'I Wanna Help You'

11/12/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-marshawn-lynch-mcdonalds-2_WMMarshawn Lynch might be the BEST MCDONALD'S CUSTOMER EVER ... 'cause he gave $500 to a Mickey D's staffer last week ... because he wanted to help the kid out. 

It all went down at McDonald's in Dallas last Sunday after the Seahawks beat the Cowboys -- when Beast Mode walked into the joint and struck up a conversation with 17-year-old Terrance Downs, who was mopping at the time. 

"I told him I liked his shoes -- navy blue Buscemis -- and how I wanted to buy a pair and we all started talking," Downs tells TMZ Sports

Lynch asked him about school and what he wanted to do in life, and Downs told him he's into fashion and wants to own a boutique one day. 

That's when Lynch whipped out $500 and handed it over ... telling Downs, "If you're serious about getting those shoes, here's some money to help you get 'em. My job is to continue to see you grow."

A rep for the owner of the McDonald's confirmed the story -- adding, "Marshawn left a huge positive impact on Terrance." 

As for Downs, he tells us he went out and bought the shoes ... and says he's even more motivated to become successful so, "I can do the same thing for someone else one day."

In-N-Out Sues We Don't Trust You With Our Burgers!

11/11/2015 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-in-n-out-getty-01In-N-Out is getting burned by a popular food delivery website, according to a lawsuit the legendary burger chain just filed ... and the case could affect couch-loving food fans everywhere.

The famed home of the Double-Double is trying to stop from delivering its food. In-N-Out points out the service is using an imitation logo on its website, even though DoorDash was told several times it doesn't have permission.

1111-sub-in-n-out-doordash-01In the suit, In-N-Out says it's worried about not having control over how long DoorDash takes to deliver or how they handle the food -- particularly important to In-N-Out, which prides itself on never freezing meat.

DoorDash -- which is allegedly worth $600 million -- has angered several restaurants in New York for charging higher prices for menu items ... according to a food blog.

In-N-Out is suing for damages, and to block DoorDash from slinging its grub.

'VS Fashion Show' Backstage With Smokin' Hot Models Craving Fatty Foods

11/10/2015 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The models walking in the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" already have food on the brain ... and got a look at what they'll feast on when it ends. 

Our photog caught up with some of the models backstage Tuesday in NYC before the big show ... and it's just as glorious as you'd think, complete with Behati Prinsloo dancing around in lingerie.

We asked the models about their cravings. Shanina Shaik and another model go for the usual suspects ... chocolate, ice cream and pizza. But it's worth noting, the food table right next to them was untouched. 

You gotta watch for Magdalena Frackowiak, though. Chick was NOT down with food questions ... we're guessing she was just hangry. 



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