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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Deen There, Done That

Did you want to go see Paula Deen at Moonlite Pavilion later this month? Aw, too bad. The tickets to the event went on sale at Joseph-Beth yesterday at 6 a.m., 650 were sold by 8 a.m. and they were all sold out by 11. They were $40, which included the book she's going to talk about.

Frankly, I've gotta say I don't get it. I was over at a friend's house and her teenage daughters were excited about the Food NEtwork stars coming to the area, wishing they could go meet Paula or Giada. Their father sort of kiddingly said maybe he could get them some backstage passes. You'd think he'd promised to get them backstage at the next Raconteurs concert, or up front for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. . . .

I mean, I can see getting excited about eating the food of a cook I admired, but the whole Food Network celebrity thing --- I don't know. I thought food was about eating, not watching, but clearly I'm in the minority.

I did enjoy watching Paula Deen on Oprah a few weeks ago when she added flour to a moving mixer and it all flew out, all over her and Oprah.


at 3:15 PM Blogger Carla said...

Paula, Giada, Rachel, Emeril... I don't care about seeing any of them. But if Alton Brown or his inspiration Shirley Corriher were to come to Cincinnati, I'd consider camping out overnight for tickets. I always thought they would be a good fit for something Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute.


at 9:48 AM Anonymous Brendon said...

I have to say I'm pleased with the idea of celebrity chefdom. They're doing a good job of promoting cooking, and food education/appreciation.

My own interest AND ability in the kitchen has increased exponentially since the Food Network started.

While I may not be camped out to see any of these folks in person anytime soon, I think they've done wonders in making fine dining and "gourmet" cuisine more accessible.

Thanks to these folks, I am infinitely more interested in the local restaurant scene too, as well as reading your blog posts, and columns ;-)

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