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Bourdain on Tour - Worth it?

al b. darned Feb 22, 2010 09:35 PM

The Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Tour is coming to a theater near me in April. What does he talk about? Is it worth the $35 or $45 admission? (Only $85 for a "meet & greet" with a book signing.)


  1. rockandroller1 Feb 23, 2010 04:49 AM

    While I think it's interesting to hear him speak, I sure as sh*t wouldn't pay that much to go see him talk. Maybe he's trying to get into the public speaker circuit, but I just wouldn't go.

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      HillJ Feb 23, 2010 09:04 AM


      Will Anthony sing & dance? If Tony can find his inner giggle, then so should we.

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        reiflame Feb 24, 2010 11:24 AM

        I saw him a few years ago with local chefs Michel Richard and Jose Andres, and they overshadowed him significantly. I was there to hear them talk about being chefs, and since Bourdain is no longer one, he didn't have much to add.

        I absolutely wouldn't pay to see just Bourdain; what a snore.

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          itsonlyfood Feb 24, 2010 03:00 PM

          I went to a book signing and dinner at Union in Seattle with Tony a few years ago. He spent time with everyone in the place. He was in good form, full of stories that are unprintable and as salty as ever. I find him interesting and entertaining and would always go out of my way, and pay some money, to hear him.

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          1. re: itsonlyfood
            al b. darned Feb 25, 2010 10:21 AM

            Maybe this is what would get for $85.

            Thanks to all who replied!

          2. chris2269 Feb 25, 2010 12:27 AM

            You don't by chance have a link to the tour dates? I did a google search but got nothing. Thanks.

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            1. re: chris2269
              al b. darned Feb 25, 2010 10:16 AM

              These are the dates I found:

              Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre-Austin 4/1/09
              Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre 4/22/09
              Minneapolis, MN State Theatre-MN 4/23/10
              Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre 4/24/10
              Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall 6/14/10
              Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center-Procter & Gamble Hall 6/27/10

            2. Miss Needle Feb 25, 2010 10:51 AM

              I've done it once and I don't believe I'll be doing it again. The podium was shared by a few other people -- Ferran Adria was one of them and pretty much dominated the entire conversation. I didn't get much out of it. For me, watching the interviews for free on Charlie Rose is a lot more appealing and informative. You can actually see their facial expressions on TV. But if you're somebody who is really into celebrity chefs, I guess seeing someone in person can be really appealing.

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              1. re: Miss Needle
                ac106 Feb 27, 2010 06:14 AM

                Hi current tour involves only him. He talked for over an hour about various topics and then did another hour or so of questions I thought it was very cool.

                I would do it again in the sense that i enjoyed it a lot.

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