Sort of. Anthony Bourdain and I will be in the same room again on November 11. This time on Pennsylvania Avenue, where Tony is co-hosting the Capital Food Fight to benefit the DC Central Kitchen.
Reader MorganLF put me up to it. She’ll be there, too, as well as reader Cindy. You’re invited to join us.
Tickets are $150 until October 9, when they go up to $175. However, you can deduct all but $50 as a charitable donation. Fifty local restaurants will be on hand to serve their signature dishes while chefs battle on stage.
Morgan found a cheap hotel called the Harrington within walking distance of the venue. “Cheap” means $99 for an inside single room the hotel itself describes on its Web site as being little better than a cell with running water. But it’s a bed in the right spot, near the Metro and Union Station.
DC traffic on Veterans’ Day could be a disaster, so I’m taking my first train ride ever on Amtrak for only $51 round trip. To avoid the stress of driving on I-95, it’s a real bargain.
Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) is an honorary co-chair of the event, so he might show up. Judging the chefs’ performance will be Bourdain’s bud, Eric Ripert, third-place winner of last season’s Top Chef, Carla Hall, and Ted Allen.
Morgan and I have our fingers crossed that Ottavia Bourdain will be there.
Since I’m not a foodie, I hope I don’t embarrass myself, but I guess it’s as good a place as any to get my culinary feet wet. And maybe I’ll cross paths with Tony again.