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Dec 8, 2009 05:14 AM

Bourdain in Rockland, Maine area in January?

I was told that Anthony Bourdain will be in the Rockland area in January. Does anyone have more detailed information? Will he speak at any public venue? Thanking you in advance.

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    Looks like he'll be in Lowell, MA, on January 9th. Maybe he's doing a show on New England, not just Maine?
    Tickets aren't cheap (more than it cost me to see Bob Dylan there), but now that I know about this I'm gonna have to go. Let me know if you think you might come down for it.

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    1. re: danieljdwyer

      Thanks, DD, but too far at the wrong time of year.

      1. re: xcptnl

        X, I posted the other thread too. I just haven't heard further and was just wondering...

      2. He'll be filming segments of a Maine-themed show at two Rockland restaurants. He's also shooting four in Portland, and perhaps something inland. No public appearance other than sightings at the restaurants as far as I've heard so far.

        1. I went to Primo on their last night of the winter season and bumped into Bourdain upstairs on our way to the bar. He was not so friendly, I must say. They did some filming up there for a while, then he left, then returned later to have a private dinner with the owners (and more filming of that, too).

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          1. re: Shooley

            Would you have expected him to be friendly? I wouldn't have. :)

            What did you have at Primo? How was it? :)

            1. re: Morganna

              Well, I see what you mean about that...but I would have expected that he at least acknowledged my stated appreciation for his show with more than a grunt. Oh well. We at least had a great meal-- I had some oysters, frito misto, a wonderful, rich pea soup with ham hocks from their pigs, and a side salad with chewy pickled-like pigs' ears, a braise of lamb shoulder with ricotta ravioli, a slew of desserts, the best of which was an amazing balsamic caramel gelato, and four bottles of great wine, especially the '01 Produttori Montestefano Barbaresco--there were 6 of us!

              1. re: Shooley

                Excellent! Waddya expect from a Jersey boy?

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  Yah, I know, I know. Part of his immense charm. By the way, the guy's really tall!

                2. re: Shooley

                  Heh, you had way more guts than I would have. I don't think I could have screwed up my courage to say a word because I'd be fearful of irking him and getting an earful. ;)

                  How were the oysters prepared?

                  1. re: Morganna

                    I would have liked to have thanked him for The 10 Commandments for Culinary School Graduates, in the back of one of his books. I photo copied it and sent it to my culinary school grad. son. The commandment I remember most is to learn Spanish, because so many upscale restaurants couldn't function w/out their Mexican workers.

                    1. re: Morganna

                      Raw on the nature intended!

              2. NEWS FLASH! In today's Bangor Daily News (aka Bangor Deadly Snooze) there is an article about Bourdain going to Milo, Me (It is such a depressed community that one can can buy a house cheaper than a Volvo.). His cameraman, Zach Zamboni, is from Milo. Bourdain went to a community baked bean supper AND FOR THE FIRST TIME ate day glow red hot dogs, baked beans, biscuits, brown bread, fiddleheads and a whoopie pie!
                Wicked good! Jeesum crow Bub, imagine.

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                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  I hope no one told them he's a Yankees fan.

                    1. re: delong99

                      Interesting he doesn't mention being at Primo. I also heard yesterday, once again, that Conte's is closing. (I know, it was, then the deal fell through, then I heard this, evidently a new development this week.) Anyone got any info?

                    2. re: Passadumkeg

                      I can't believe they served "Fiddleheads" to Boudain at this time of year.
                      FROZEN ?? CANNED ??

                      1. re: Peter B Wolf

                        That's what I was wondering...see also the story in yesterday's Village Soup (Knox County edition) about his visit to Rockland this past weekend.