Bourdain’s Breaking Bread with Buds

By Karen

If you’ve been suffering Bourdain withdrawal since the Travel Channel finished doling out the last 6 new episodes of No Reservations, relief is on the way. At the Table With Anthony Bourdain is a fresh special airing in his usual TC time slot on October 20 at 10 p.m. ET. For a preview, check out the 30-second promo.

Tony confirms on his blog that it’s not the debut of a bona fide “series,” but may be a format he’ll use occasionally as opportunities arise.

Speaking of Bourdain’s blog, when I just clicked the link in the middle of his Travel Channel home page, I was hijacked to the site of some interactive design outfit in Brooklyn called Hudson Union.

Guys, you may think you’re clever, but messing with Bourdain’s fans will get you nowhere.

I’ve also been reading that Tony’s working on a documentary about his friend, Ferran Adria, and El Bulli, but could find no other information yet.

Last but certainly not least, Cats Working reader MorganLF gracious provided photos she snagged from the sidelines at Bourdain’s talk and cooking demonstration on October 12 at Caesar’s Palace Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. He was assisted by Les Halles chef Carlos, whom he has mentioned many times. Notice the (in)famous Bourdain logo on Carlos’ jacket.

You’ll find Morgan’s detailed account of her brush with Bourdain – and the lovely Ottavia – in the comments on my previous post.

Blogger LolaGeek, who was also at the event, captured a frontal shot of Tony and described her experience.

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19 Responses to Bourdain’s Breaking Bread with Buds

  1. MorganLF says:

    I kept getting hi jacked by this Hudson Union as well. If they pull that again I’m going to post on his blog so everyone can bombard that cheesy interactive outfit with tons of spam!! Pics look great…I’m suffering from Bourdain withdrawal…sooo close, yet so far. At least it got my mind of the impending doom I feel about the economy my vanishing assets and that Palin douche!

  2. catsworking says:

    I was going to send Hudson Union a snarky e-mail calling them out, but they didn’t have a “Contact Us” link.

    In your photos, I love the moony look of the redhead looking up at him. Talk about so close, and yet so far! I wonder if she knew his wife was in the wings looking adorable?

  3. catsworking says:

    I found an e-mail address for Hudson Union and wrote them. They responded pretty quickly saying they used to host the site and it was a glitch. I’m not a techie, so I don’t know how something like that would happen. But when I checked the link again, it had been fixed.

  4. Bob says:

    Hey MorganLF

    Thanks for posting on Bourdain’s blog.

    Maybe we will get a quote or two from the master himself.
    TEE HEE If Carlos can post in English that is.

    Funny Bourdain can’t cook LOL

    Great pics glad you had a good time in Atlantic City

    Bob

  5. Lola says:

    Hi, thanks for the blog shout-out! As you can tell, I was not super thrilled with the event at Caesars. If I’d known ahead of time how it was going to be, I definitely would have sprung for the VIP package. (I heard he was cooking veal?) Still a neat experience, though, and cool to see him live.

  6. catsworking says:

    Hi, Lola. Thanks for stopping by! Reader MorganLF had been looking forward to that event for a long time and told us all about it. She actually spent quite a lot of time near Bourdain’s wife Ottavia and didn’t know it. At the VIP thing, I think he cooked duck a l’orange and maybe something else. Can’t remember if it was veal.

    We’re still waiting for him to find a reason to come to Richmond, VA.

  7. adele says:

    Just more thanks for the pictures. Morgan, your camera seemed just fine. Looking forward to some new Bourdain tomorrow night. I hope there are a couple of more “At the Table” shows, set in different restaurants. I’m sure watching Wylie Dufesne cook will be interesting, but he’s waaay too advanced for me to learn anything.

  8. MorganLF says:

    Your welcome folks; I post on his blog occasionally…he gets thousands of hits everything from flat out propositions to essays from addle pated fans. Man the guy has a DEVOTED following! I try to get it short & funny but some of the posts are pathetic, meandering rambles. I will be watching his new show tonight, it airs on Travel Chanel at 10 PM also he is also going to be on Late Night with Conan O’Brian but that’s too late for me.
    Ironically the day before the Atlantic City event he hosted a discussion with superstar chef Fernan Adria (of El Bulli) in NYC, wish I had known I could have been to both!! My dream is to hang with him and Eric Ripert for a night of dining and debauchery…

    BTW the VIP event he demoed a few dishes one was a pasta. I remember ‘cause when he was done straining the linguine he did not know what to do with the strainer so he just chucked it under the curtained table, (no one in front noticed). The duck was in the earlier event in the theater. Carlos was his wing man for both events.

  9. catsworking says:

    Morgan, thanks for the tip on Conan. Too late for me as well, but I’ll set the VCR to tape it.

    I wonder if his discussion with Ferran Adria was for this documentary they say he’s doing? Bet it was. But I wonder if it’s not going to be more of the same that Bourdain did in that special he did on Adria some time ago. Or maybe he’s still gathering material for his new book, “Cooks.”

  10. Adele says:

    I’ve also been charmed by the idea of an evening with Bourdain and Ripert for some time. I have the Gourmet Chefs calendar hanging in my kitchen, and periodically check back to Tony’s and Eric’s months. I doubt that I could keep up with either of them, though, Ripert drinks tequila, and Bourdain seems to drink anything, and I’m old, so my heavy drinking days are past. But I think the company would be delightful. Ripert is from Antibes, which, for my money, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I can still almost smell the jasmine, lavender and thyme.

  11. Bob says:

    WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY EATING????

    Just watched the Bourdain and friends show. Lively conversation, good topics.

    But what in heavens name were they eating. I have no idea what they charge for a tasting menu at WD50 but to these eyes it all looked like foam and rainbows.

    There was only one dish that I could vaguely comprehend and that was the tongue course. At least I think it was tongue. Well that and the Crab, that looked Yummy.

    But talk about UBER portion control, there was so much white from the plates that It nearly blinded me.

    I like inventive food, but believe you me if I have to plunk down serious cash for a meal I had better leave full.

  12. Bob says:

    Sorry for being a pest. But I posted the same rant on the No Reservations site, and then sat down to read the other reviews of his show.

    All I have to say is man tony got ripped a new one with this format.
    I have never seen a backlash this hard against the guy, he really got bitchslapped on the forum. It’s so bad that I would actually say that its worse than his Romania show.

    Ok Must find some Rachel Ray on TV now to help bring my love for Bourdain back.

    Strong Medicine Indeed.

  13. Adele says:

    I was looking forward to the format of “At the Table,” but I was disappointed. Not enough to produce the kind of rancor seen on Tony’s blog, but I was expecting either a lot of witty repartee or an in depth discussion of the food and wine Tony and his guests were consuming. I still think it’s worth trying another show, either really talking about food (I’m getting very tired of Tony’s death house meal question) or talking about things like books or movies that inspired the guests to cook or travel, best trips, favorite cocktails and the sort of things friends discuss, sitting around a dinner table. And it could be a little less New York-centric — I love New York, but Tony has friends from other parts of the country — Michael Ruhlman for instance.

  14. catsworking says:

    Bob, I’m with you on that menu. Bourdain probably left that place and picked up a bucket of KFC. The tongue dish was the only course more than a mouthful, but the presentation almost gagged me. It looked like something an animal was about to upchuck.

    I haven’t checked his blog yet for the comments, but it sounds like others had a similar reaction to mine. I was underwhelmed. His initial trepidation about the format was a valid concern because his questions were pedestrian, the responses only mildly interesting, and falling back at the end on the “last meal” question was a disappointing finish

    He’s an imaginative guy. He definitely could have steered things in a more lively direction, as Adele said. I think it was the first time I’ve ever seen him looking truly nervous and unsure of himself.

  15. catsworking says:

    Wow! Checked Bourdain’s blog and they really let him have it! I agree with the suggestion that it would have been more interesting to have him sit down with more colorful characters like himself, or even “ordinary” people who are well-traveled so they could swap food stories.

    I also agree that the food itself was regarded almost as an afterthought, and if I were the chef who did all that work for a few token minutes on camera, I’d be pissed.

    I had to laugh when someone suggested he should have invited Andrew Zimmern and ZAMIR, of all people. But that would have been much more memorable.

  16. MorganLF says:

    Here is an interesting article, kinda helps you visualize life at the Bourdain’s.

    http://www.delish.com/cooking-shows/celebrity-chefs/celebrity-chef-anthony-bourdain

  17. catsworking says:

    Excellent, Morgan! Another confirmation that there’s a CAT in his life. It’s the only justification my own cats will buy to allow all my Bourdain postings on “their” blog.

  18. Bob says:

    Bourdain Admits the Bitch Slap

    Go check out his blog on the Travel Chanel site.

    Looks like he actually got the Jist of what the backlash was.

    But In true fan form once he gets the point stop the hurting and let the healing begin.
    I hope NR from the Philippines is good..

    Bob

  19. catsworking says:

    Thanks, Bob. Bourdain obviously got the message. I was glad to see he’s back to filming No Reservations. But I guess this is the go-round where he’ll end up in Vietnam house-hunting, which means we’ll be losing him here in the States.

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