Have you secured your tickets for show tonight at Massey Hall? If not, you really should.
I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Bourdain last night at a private party for about 80 people at . All of Toronto’s culinary heavy hitters were there; David Rocco, Cowbell’s Mark Cutrara, Zane Caplansky, Chris McDonald of Cava and XOCOCAVA chocolatier (more on them next post) amongst so many others.
Bourdain briefly entertained the audience with why he decided to write this “Sort of follow-up to No Reservations.” He entertained us with stories about where his fundamental hatred for Emeril Lagasse comes from, his confusion and consistent annoyance as to why some traditional Italian restaurants in North America “…can’t sauce a pasta properly” or “The last time I checked they didn’t serve cheddar cheese on food in Mexico.”
The crowd laughed while enjoying oysters, platters of sushi, cheese platters from Cheese Boutique, including a selection from , pork sandwiches, marinated roasted tomatoes and so much more. had a varga-style girl walking around serving its signature truffles in cigarette trays.
After his speech guests mingled and then attacked him from all angles. After 30 minutes and some beer, Bourdain signed books for the guests, took photos with them, and continued to be a true gentleman; much calmer, confident and collected than the way he described himself in his Kitchen Confidential days nearly a decade ago.
When asked about the change to his well-known “bad boy” attitude he simply said “When my daughter was born, out came the piercings, the cigarettes, wore the leather jacket for a day and then tossed that out…” Smiling from ear-to-ear he continued “Everything changed when she was born”
Again, if you have the chance, do go and see Bourdain tonight. If you were one of the lucky ones to get VIP tickets ($175) for after the show, enjoy some of the dishes by Chef Scott Vivian of I hear from they may be serving things like dirty rice fritters, crispy lamb brains and veal sweetbreads, beef tongue and bone marrow to name a few…
***A huge thank you to Ivy Knight of 86′d Mondays at the Drake Hotel for organizing such an intimate and wonderful night. Her attention to detail was noticed and her charming speech introdcuing Anthony Bourdain was hilarious.***