…when Falcone and five LightSquared colleagues met over a meal of white-truffle pasta and Barolo at a Washington restaurant in January, they failed to come up with anything they could have done differently, according to a person who was there who asked not to be identified because the meeting was private.– Falcone Waits For Icahn Doubling Down On Network

When JPMorgan, which earned the most of any of the six banks over the four quarters, decided to thank employees for their performance this year, it sent 161,680 individually wrapped buttercream-frosted, chocolate chip, oatmeal-raisin and sugar cookies to retail branches and call centers in the U.S., U.K., Philippines and India.– No Joy On Wall Street As Biggest Banks Earn $63 Billion

Cooperman, 68, said in an interview that he can’t walk through the dining room of St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, without being thanked for speaking up. At least four people expressed their gratitude on Dec. 5 while he was eating an egg-white omelet, he said.–Bankers Join Billionaires To Debunk ‘Imbecile’ Attack On Top 1%

American International Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Benmosche, 66, a Kappa Beta Phi member who disclosed in October that he was undergoing treatment for cancer, was there. He looked energetic, the two attendees said. In 1930, the dinner was beefsteak. This year, the meal featured lobster salad, shrimp, pigs-in-a-blanket, lamb chops and pistachio ice cream.– Wall Street Secret Society Kappa Beta Phi Adds Dealmakers With Lehman Rite

Wall Street headhunter Daniel Arbeeny said his “income has gone down tremendously.” On a recent Sunday, he drove to Fairway Market in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn to buy discounted salmon for $5.99 a pound.–Wall Street Bonus Withdrawal Means Trading Aspen For Coupons

The clam-juice cocktails at the private Stock Exchange Luncheon Club, where brokers lined up three deep at the raw bar, contained tomato juice, cooled water from boiled chowder clams, ketchup, celery salt and the option of a freshly shucked clam. Add vodka and they called it a Red Snapper.–How America Ceded Capitalism’s Bastion To German Boerse Seizing Big Board

As someone once said, you can find out a lot about a man or woman’s character during moments of great crisis. Do they fall apart? Do they become shells of their former selves? Do the worst parts of them come out? Do they turn their backs on everything they supposedly once stood for? Or do they, even in moments of darkness, rise to the occasion and demonstrate the morals and values they held when times were good are the very same ones they choose to live by when times are bad? For Bloomberg News reporter Max Abelson, Hurricane Sandy was a test. Would he turn in an article containing few if any reference to the food people consumed during the natural disaster? Or would his commitment to bringing readers exhaustive details re: what his Wall Street subjects eat (see above, here, and here) burn ever bright, to the extent that sources and interviewees elaborating on their situation beyond provisions would find themselves cut off and told, “Just the food and drink, toots. I got a lotta calls to make”?

Luckily for us, it was the latter.

Herewith, an accounting of things stuffed down the gullets of Wall Street over the last two days:

* Murry Stegelmann, Kilimanjaro Advisors: expensive wine, green tea.

“I had to go to the wine cellar and find a good bottle of wine and drink it before it goes bad,” Murry Stegelmann, 50, a founder of investment-management firm Kilimanjaro Advisors LLC, wrote in an e-mail after he lost power at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 in Darien, Connecticut. The bottle he chose, a 2005 Chateau Margaux, was given 98 points by wine critic Robert Parker and is on sale at the Westchester Wine Warehouse for $999.99. “Outstanding,” Stegelmann said. He started the day with green tea at Starbucks, talking with neighbors about the New York Yankees’ future and moving boats to the parking lot of Darien’s Middlesex Middle School.

* Wilson Ervin, Credit Suisse: the most depressing breakfast ever.

Erin…went to the bank’s office at 11 Madison Ave. afterward to work on evaluations of managing directors and financial regulation. He ate a lunch of Raisin Bran, coffee and a banana from the 7-Eleven downstairs, he said.

* Pablo Salame, Goldman Sachs: sushi, the pieces of which Abelson or his research assistant counted.

He posted a picture of 21 pieces of sushi on a Twitter account in his name on Oct. 29. “Only in NYC, Seamless Sandy sushi delivery in TriBeCa, Monday 730 pm,” the post said.

* Wilbur Ross, WL Ross And Co: a painting.

“I was scheduled to come back Sunday night, and I decided not to, because everything during the week would be canceled anyway,” said Ross, chairman of private-equity firm WL Ross & Co. “I’m stuck in Palm Beach.” He stayed in touch with colleagues using a fax machine along with phone and e-mail. His Florida home includes a painting by Rene Magritte of petrified blue apples, an image that is also depicted on a custom-made Van Cleef & Arpels watch he owns, he told Bloomberg News this year.

* JPMorgan employees: many of the culinary delights its cafeteria offers on a regular basis but NO DUMPLINGS.

JPMorgan, which sent out more than a dozen hurricane updates to its employees featuring detailed weather maps, kept parts of its 270 Park Ave. cafeteria open yesterday. Danishes and scones were available near the salad bar, and the bank’s deli had sandwiches with grilled vegetables. The dumpling bar was closed.

Amazingly, Abelson also brought us the details of What Wall Street Wore during Sandy (Ervin headed into the office “wearing black water-repellent pants and a yellow raincoat” while James Gorman went in Tuesday “wearing blue jeans for the first time since he became CEO in 2010, according to a person who works with him”) in what will hopefully be the start of a new series.

Wall Street Finds Sandy Silver Lining In Wine, Monopoly [Bloomberg]
Related: Things People Have Eaten in the Presence of Bloomberg Reporter Max Abelson [Daily Intel]

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  1. Posted by B2b MD | October 31, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I had a fridge full of beer, and with the power out, it was getting warmer every minute. So I felt compelled to drink as much, as fast as I could.

    -Guy who believes there is a pork chop in every can, who is not feeling so great today

  2. Posted by Pietro_F | October 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Most astounding of all is that the most prominent nose referenced in the Murry Stegelmann excerpt belongs to someone other than him.

  3. Posted by Guest | October 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I can only imagine the look of horror on Abelson's face should he be assigned to interview Warren Buffett.

  4. Posted by PermaGuestII | October 31, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Am I the only one who thought alcohol was a preservative and the the entire point (besides the obvious) of alcoholic beverages was that they will keep when not refrigerated?

    -guy who drinks a lot but evidently doesn't have tastes as elevated as those of friend Stegelmann

  5. Posted by Dateraider | October 31, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I call BS. Non-hispanics don't ever drink clamato without vodka.

  6. Posted by E. Cartman | October 31, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I didn't say nothin' 'bout no women.

    – Someone

  7. Posted by LaxBro's Mom | October 31, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Oh, so that explains all the natty light in the fridge.

  8. Posted by 2 cubes over | October 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Were they dad jeans?

    -Bernanke

  9. Posted by Guest | October 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Oh my God! It was so horrid. I feel as though I can no fully understand what those lower income people of New Orleans dealt with during, and in the aftermath of Katrina.

    -JPM Analyst that loves dumplings

  10. Posted by John Havens | November 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I spent all day sipping alcohol and wondering why Citi fired me.