Puck-tastic times will be had by all at the CuisineArt 2007 dinner at the Walker Art Center. The date this year is May 21. Last year’s event was the best food night of the year, in my opinion. Wolfgang Puck and Sherry Yard flew in from LA for the event and taught a cooking class—a participation class, in fact—for a hundred people, assisted by the best chefs in their organization, including 20.21’s Scott Irestone. Then everyone headed downstairs for a six-course meal cooked by Puck himself. Rarely do these unique, once-in-a-lifetime type of food opportunities come your way, so if you love food you should check out the Walker's website or call 20.21 and make reservations for this incredible night. I will be there and so should you.
Here’s a fun weekend idea—and you can say hi to Wolf and tell him how psyched you are to see him in Minneapolis at the end of May. Check out the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards. The awards gala and reception is on Monday, May 7 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Tickets are available at the following prices:
$400 for JBF Members
$450 for General Public
$200 for Students and Press (valid id required for both)
To order, call the awards box office at 646-213-3780 or email a ticket order to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check the website for more about the featured chefs, menus, and other exciting details about the awards.
Many local (and global) notables will be there, and I can’t go. I am crushed. It’s a great event, and, sadly, I can’t make it that night. So here is the deal. You go, and then tell me all about it. Sound fair?
I have gotten a ton of emails asking “Why haven’t I seen you on Fox these days?” Well, the answer is simple, I have had to step away from the local TV work after eight years in that building. Fox was an INCREDIBLE experience for me, and I will miss everyone there very much. They are an amazing and talented group of people on both sides of the camera. The team there is going to work out a way for me to do some State Fair coverage for the station, so look for that come August.
So here's a thought, maybe Midtown Global Market could relocate to 9th Street in the building that currently houses Ralph Lauren, and then Ralph could move to Southdale, which is in desperate need of a major-league high-end retail presence? Ideas?
In case you had not seen it, the funniest thing I have read in a long time is Tony’s blog about the Food Network Awards. Several readers linked to it in posts, but here it is . . . . And here is some more cool news: He and his significant other have just had a beautiful baby girl. Congrats TB, you are now a dad. Who would have thunk it?!?!?!?!
Looks like Fogo de Chao will open next week. I heard last night was their VIP party, which I did not attend, as is my generic policy re: those sorts of things. It puts me in a weird place if I show up at those and then have to write about it later. I love the FdCs in other cities I have been to, though, and I think they will do very well here in the Twin Cities. I know it’s a national chain, and I know the portions are big, and the food is highly stylized, but the stuff tastes great and it’s DIFFERENT! Different and unique experiences, when well-executed, spell success in our industry. Eateries that offer the same foods and features found elsewhere all end up closing sooner rather than later.