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EaterWire: White Truffles at Providence, New Eats at LAX, Babes at Blue Velvet, Yard House Grows and Grows

MID-CITY: Just when everyone's tightening their wallets, white truffle season is here. Donato Poto supplies some fun facts in the Providence newsletter: 2004 was one of the best recent years due to the right amount of rain and sun, but 2007 was one of the worst year for truffles and reached almost $4000 a pound at one point because of low yields; they usually run $2000 to $2500 a pound; Italy“hardly any truffles from Alba are sold to other countries.” Cost to add the white truffles to any plate at Providence: $95. Available through November. [EaterWire]

LAX: There will be a ribbon cutting—yes, a ribbon cutting—Wednesday for the debut of La Brea Bakery and Baja Fresh at LAX’s Terminal 7. Department heads hint for more food news at the airport, but won’t dish until a press conference tomorrow morning. [Laist]

DOWNTOWN: Blue Velvet is getting more and more nightlifey: The restaurant/lounge now hosts a gay night called Babes. We can’t tell if Alexis Arquette was only a one-night wonder (on opening night last week), or if he’ll be there every week, but do expect synchronized swimming in the patio pool. [Angelenic]

DOWNTOWN: In addition to the Yard House opening at L.A. Live on December 7, the company celebrates the 12th anniversary of the flagship in Long Beach. The downtown location will have 130 taps of beer and a glass-enclosed keg room containing up to 600 kegs. That’s a lot of beer. It’s the first of six more locations to open over the next 18 months, including some in Texas and Massachusetts. [Eater Inbox; previously]