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Anthony Bourdain in Bay Area

Rochelle McCune Dec 27, 2001 06:12 PM

Anthony Bourdain is going to be at the Commonwealth Club. Monday, January 14th - Its a 6:45 wine & cheese reception; 7:30 - 8:30 "In conversation with Barbara Lane, Media Personality; Director of the California Book Awards".

Anyone want to make this a Chowhound event by meeting up for drinks before, going together or chowing down afterwards?

We could meet before for drinks and come up with really insightful questions for the Q&A period (For example, "Mr. Bourdain, I understand you have actually had the honor of meeting Simon Majumdar - What's he really like?"). My favorite boozer bar in nearby - Ginger Trois - small, dark bar; cheap, strong drinks; afternoon patrons are professional alkies, early evening patrons are working slaves, then it gets gayer and gayer as the evening progresses. What more could you ask for in establishment that serves hard alcohol?

Or we can have dinner afterwards to discuss and analyze the deeply profound conversation between Mr. Bourdain and Ms. Lane which we will have just witnessed. Or discuss and analyze the wine & cheese selection.

Any suggestions for a game plan, bars, restaurants are welcome. Feel free to post here or email me directly.

FYI - I heard the Commonwealth Club tried to book his appearance as a dinner (like they did for Jacques Pepin) but they couldn't find a restaurant that would book them once they found out it was for Bourdain. Could it possibly be true? Are SF restaurants are run by people that uptight??

Link: http://www.commonwealthclub.org/sf.ht...

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    saucy sister Jan 10, 2002 11:53 AM

    I'm hoping to see Bourdain and would love to meet before or after to discuss. Any plans for a meeting?

    I'm a newbie chowhound - what a great site - glad to know there are others who share my world!

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      Peter Yee Dec 27, 2001 11:09 PM

      I'm game for such an event. I wonder if he will be signing books. Perhaps he has other appearances while he is here in the Bay Area?


      Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com

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      1. re: Peter Yee
        Rochelle McCune Dec 28, 2001 09:37 AM

        Yes, there will be book signing, its being co-sponsored by A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books. There will be books available for purchase - that is kinda the point - he's hawking his new book and TV show. Also, the link below is to his Preview Port homepage which has an Appearances page. He's going to be at Cody's, Barnes & Noble & Keplers.

        Personally, I think most of the fun of the SF event will be watching the Commonwealth Club folk interact with him.

        Link: http://www.previewport.com/Home/bourd...

        1. re: Rochelle McCune
          Peter Yee Dec 28, 2001 04:39 PM

          Well, I think I already have everything he's written (in book form). A signing would be up my alley if I didn't have to buy another copy. :-)


          Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com

          1. re: Rochelle McCune
            Christine Vallejo Jan 8, 2002 03:22 PM

            Just discovered that Bourdain will be on the Ronn Owens' show at 10:00 AM on the 15th. If you don't get a chance to see him, I'm sure they'll be taking callers with comments/questions.

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          Kim Cooper Dec 27, 2001 09:44 PM

          At the risk of sounding hopelessly uninformed -- Who is he? Thanks, Kim

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          1. re: Kim Cooper
            Rochelle McCune Dec 27, 2001 09:54 PM

            Chef; Author of Kitchen Confidential, Bone in the Throat, A Cook's Tour, etc.

            1. re: Rochelle McCune
              Limster Dec 27, 2001 09:59 PM

              ..and also a chowhound. :)

              1. re: Limster
                Christine Vallejo Dec 28, 2001 12:12 PM

                He has a few recent postings over on "International".
                I'd e-mailed him after I read the latest book to inquire about the start of the related show on The Food Network: January 6 at 10:30, the "mature" hour.

                1. re: Christine Vallejo
                  Nikel Dec 28, 2001 02:07 PM

                  I didn't realize that the Food Network after 10 pm is the "mature" hour. Is that like the public swimming pool's "adult swim"? (g)

                  1. re: Nikel
                    Christine Vallejo Dec 30, 2001 08:58 AM

                    We shall see! Maybe there's a lot of bleeped language which isn't a problem for those of us who can lip read and/or determine the naughty words from the context.

                    I read the book over the Thanksgiving holidays -some good stuff.

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