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May 18, 2010 07:53 PM

Question about Bourdain show in Baltimore 5/22

Anyone else purchase the Meet and Greet for the "No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert". I did but have very little information about the it other than a printed ticket that tells me nothing and makes no mention of the meet and greet.

Anyone know when the meet and greet happens? Do I need to get there early? Should I have received something in the mail? Kind of strange how little information there is about the event.

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  1. Might want to call The Hippodrome, usually the place that is holding the event has information regarding the event.

    1. Somewhat telling, knowing how unhappy Bourdain was as a junkie here as he told in "Kitchen Confidential" and how he bashed us on his show. Clear Channel, Hippodrome's operator, is always like this. Sorry. If you get in by 5:30, you're steps away from the best crabcake in the area at Faidley's in Lexington Market.

      Lexington Market
      400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        1. There's an article about the even in today's Sun. Apparently if you paid extra, you can go meet with the chefs before the talk begins. I think it's all being held at the theater. Should be a fun evening. Let us know how it goes.

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          1. re: kim2310

            All in all it was a good show. The format of the show was Bourdain and Eric Ripert on a couch for a Q&A with an interviewer, ala Inside the Actor's Studio, followed by audience questions. Bourdain and Ripert played well off each other. Rippert being the somewhat proper and bashful french chef and Bourdain being the snarky and humorously crude New Yorker. The base ticket price of $49 (give or take) and the $89 for the Foodie experience was a great deal. The Food Experience was a ton of food that lasted all night. If you waited out the crowds, there was still a bunch of food left. However the $250 per ticket for the meet and greet had questionable value. It got you access to a VIP lounge before the show, which was ok nothing special and still a cash bar, access to the Foodie experience, access to a seat in one of the first three rows, and a walk through a book signing line at the end of the show. The book signing line was a bit disappointing because it's basically what you get at a Borders.

            I did get to ask Bourdain about trying to get his Cook's Tour footage back (now that Food Network owns Travel Channel) and that made him think for a moment. He said that it was an interesting thought, but he looked so young in that and he just wanted to move on. I told Ripert that he and Bourdain reminded me of Martin and Lewis, which made Bourdain laugh and Bourdain asked which one he was. I looked at him for a second and he said said "I'm probably Lewis".

            Overall, fun show.