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

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      Rochelle McCune

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

      1. re: Rochelle McCune

        ..and also a chowhound. :)

        1. re: Limster
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          Christine Vallejo

          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

            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)

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              Christine Vallejo

              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.

    2. 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?

      -Peter

      Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com

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        Rochelle McCune

        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

          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. :-)

          -Peter

          Link: http://chowhound.safeshopper.com

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            Christine Vallejo

            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.

        2. 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!