For the information on the entire Raleigh trip, click here. The blog post of the trip includes all the restaurants we tried.
The Anthony Bourdain show was great! Though, anyone who watches the show would know that Bourdain standing in front of an auditorium full of people is probably not his idea of a fun time. Though that showed a little, his stories were entertaining. He told some stories that we’ve heard on his show, but the behind-the-scenes real-life stories are what were the most fascinating to me. He spoke of his daughter and how she’s already a foodie. How a normal day may be having a world-renowned chef over for dinner.
From Bourdain (Not exact quote):
One night for dinner we had a seafood tower with lobster. Ariane (his daughter) sees the lobster and say “Look daddy, it’s Sebastian (from Little Mermaid)”. She proceeds to grab it and eat it. That’s my daughter.
He had many fun stories to tell about him and Rachael Ray, and him and Sandra Lee. All funny stuff. Below are some quotes that Sean caught throughout the talk.
Bourdain on Sandra Lee:
“She did for food what Hitler did for Poland.”
Bourdain on Guy Fieri
“You’re 45. Take the f***ing sunglasses off the back of your head. NOW!”
Bourdain on Japan:
“the same thing that makes their porn really really disturbing makes their food really really amazing. I guess what I’m trying to say is — they’re detail oriented people. “
Bourdain on Russia:
“Here’s the problem with Russia: every 95 year old grandmother can drink me under the table, pick me up, throw me over their shoulder, and drive me home. ”
Every day shooting in Russia: 3 shots of vodka with breakfast, 5-7 shots with lunch, and 14-16 shots with dinner.
He’s a great speaker, but I think that was obvious through his books and television show. You just want to listen to him. He took some questions at the end, but there were not many interesting ones. He did not eat in Raleigh that night so he couldn’t asked the biggest question of “where did you eat?” so that everyone could run over there after the show. Probably for the best.
Afterward the main show was the VIP part. Everyone had to leave the auditorium then line back up to get back in. We were lucky and were close to the front of the line. While we were waiting they set up a book signing area where you could also take your pictures, and they filled the stage with a ton of food. It has to be good right? I mean, we’re talking about a food critic/chef/ TV personality, it better be good! I’m sorry we didn’t take pictures of it, but it got really crowded because he asked people who were in the back of the line to go ahead and eat, so it filled up fast.
Hopefully I can get Sean on here to describe what was there, I didn’t know what half of it was! I can tell you that the lamb was excellent and the creme puffs were good, but I didn’t eat the ceviche and some other interesting looking stuff. But he enjoyed every bite of it! We mingled a bit because you had to if you wanted to stand at a table, and one of the people we spoke to goes to JMU. Small world! But, the next closest show was in Boston, so I guess if you want to see him, you went to Raleigh.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening. We got to shake his hand and take a picture. Best of all, Sean got a book signed (that he just bought) and he got his friend Chris’s book signed. He’s been holding onto it for a while, so it was the least we could do. Though, Bourdain said, “This book has spend a lot of time in the bathroom or kitchen.” It was a pretty beat up book, but it just means it’s loved. Unfortunately, I think I did a lot of the talking. I didn’t mean to. I just don’t know how to not make conversation and feel comfortable. Luckily, Sean got a few words in too.
Tony seems to be a nice guy, but one that would rather be at home with his family than on the road. I believe he was flying home that night. We appreciate his time to see his fans and to tell his stories. Thank you, Anthony Bourdain, for making my husband’s year!
The show was held in Raleigh, NC at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
No Reservations on the Travel Channel
Anthony Bourdain Blog on Travel Channel.com