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Anthony Bourdain MSP 11/26/07 @ the triple rock [Moved from Midwest Board]

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is anyone else going to this? i have been super excited for months!!

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  1. I'll be there!

    ~TDQ

    1. whoa. what time? we should make him eat vegan bar food! is he doing something onstage, like a talk or something? we should make him do shots! has he come to make fun of midwestern cuisine? what else is he doing in msp? what time will he be at 3rock-- more importantly, who is bting main bar?

      so many questions. . .

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      1. re: soupkitten

        I don't know the answers to very many of your questions...but, I do know the answer to one: 7pm http://www.triplerocksocialclub.com/s...

        ~TDQ

        1. re: soupkitten

          soupkitten:

          i am SURE he will get a cooks revenge at the bar if he eats there. he is gonna talk and they are gonna show clips from "no reservations". there will be drink specials: i think jag is on the menu :)
          i think billy will be in the old bar, i am not sure who will be in the show room, patrick perhaps?

          i will be there super early. and i am gonna bring him cupcakes full of liquor! ha HA!

          1. re: liquor cupcakes

            cool thanks both of you-- bourdain will also be on MPR tomorrow (tues 27th) at 10 am.

        2. liquor cupcakes, soupkitten, did either of you--or anyone else-- end up going last night? (I looked for someone carrying liquor-filled cupcakes and for a fluffy cat with a big bowl of soup, but didn't see either). What a hoot.

          It was almost as fun to see Dara as it was to see Tony. How does she think she can keep making these public appearances and remain anonymous? Doesn't everyone in the food industry who was in attendance last night now have a photo of her (yes, in a wig, glasses and a big bulky coat) in their cell phone by now? Still, it was fun to see her. Surprisingly good at public speaking compared to most writers I know...

          Anyway, overall interesting evening.

          ~TDQ

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          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            oh it sounds like it was fun?!

            i couldn't get away at 7 after all, so i probably missed out big time. TDQ-- were there a lot of local chefs that you recognized, or was it a bunch of groupie-wannabes? his interview with kerri miller on mpr (boy does she not *get* it) this morning was pretty bad but bourdain was interesting anyway, and the triple rock was only mentioned in passing. do you mean that bourdain was good at public speaking, or dara was good at public speaking?

            1. re: soupkitten

              I meant Dara was good at public speaking, but Bourdain clearly was, too. Since he's a TV personality and does a lot of this kind of stuff, I wasn't especially surprised. Though I'm not that familiar with his ouvre, I did get the impression that his "speech" was pretty canned and even some of the answers from the Q&A were answers I've heard from him before. As much as audience members try to come up with provocative questions, I get the impression that he's heard most of them before.

              I was more impressed by Dara's poise: the crowd was a little tipsy and heckley and I think she handled it well. Made a few jokes, intereacted with the crowd, etc.

              I didn't get out into the crowd much so I didn't really recognize anyone aside from two 'hounds. It seems like Zimmern had people there because one of them asked a question... My friend recognized a foh person from a local restaurant, but that's about it. I don't know the chefs in the Twin Cities that well anyway. Not sure how many I'd recognize under the best of circumstances, but, yes, I got the impression that there were a lot of "aspiring" types in the crowd based on the questions that were asked.

              I do hope Bourdain speaks at Triple Rock again on Weds (though I doubt it--I think grote just got confused about the dates)--I understand those Solera tickets have been sold out for at least a month...

              The other thing I noticed is that he was SUPER careful about not offending anyone locally. He really declined to answer almost any question that was asked about the local food scene or personalities, etc. He wriggled out of the questions on the basis that he'd only been in town for a few hours and just didn't have a pulse on the local scene yet. Fair enough.

              ~TDQ

              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                oh i was there!! i was the one standing on the stage with the dj's after bourdain spoke and was signing. he was so gracious and nice, it was lovely to meet him.

                 
                1. re: liquor cupcakes

                  I remember you (the hat!), Even though I must have been gone by the point that that photo was taken. How fun.

                  ~TDQ

                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    yeah, me and that hat ;)

                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                  I wish I had gone to meet Dara as much as Bourdain. I know she's been in CP for about 10 years but I've always felt that she was a little too good for us. Like she would get picked up by the NYT or something.

                  1. re: mnitchals

                    I'm guessing Dara didn't stick around for the meet and greet...

                    I don't think she's too good for us, in spite of all the accolades (James Beard awards, etc.) and in spite of the fact that I credit her for helping the Twin Cities kick it up a notch as a "food town." (I do think she's been instrumental in the region's growth in that way.) But, I suspect that it's partly the fact that she's a big fish in a small pond that enables her to have some of the license she has to do some of the stuff she does.

                    ~TDQ

                    1. re: mnitchals

                      dara did leave after tony was done: but i think i big part of that is that she does have a small child at home. she totally does not have an air of "i am more important" at all. she is really great.

                      1. re: liquor cupcakes

                        It's appropriate for Dara to minimize her time in the public eye, not as an indicator of importance vs. non-importance, but because she's only as credible as she is anonymous.

                        ~TDQ