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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.