Bourdain’s Trail Growing Cold

By Karen

When the Web goes this quiet on Anthony Bourdain, he must be off somewhere filming the new season of No Reservations. But bloggers wherever he’s visiting are keeping mum about it.

Could he be pursuing his crazy dream of following Joseph Conrad’s trek through the Congo?

Ottavia’s tweets alerted me to a new contest that closes on November 15 at Tasting Table. You can enter now for a chance to win the grand prize of a trip to the next South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which happens to be its 10th anniversary. Bourdain wrote the foreword to the upcoming companion South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook, to be released November 16.

The 3rd Annual Cayman Cookout is January 13-16, 2011, hosted by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman. You can attend attend certain events with package deals ranging from $830 to $1,750, but for want of something better to do, I blocked out what it might cost a Cats Working Bourdain fan to pay à la carte for all his events that weekend…

On Friday, he’s running the kitchen of the Periwinkle restaurant in the Ritz to prepare a brasserie lunch ($275). That evening, he’ll be at the SURF & SANDcastles Kick-off Celebration on Seven Mile Beach with all the other honored guests ($250).

Saturday afternoon, Tony is speaking at the Ritz ($135), and on Sunday at noon he’ll be one of the presiding judges at the Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cookoff, where local chefs will compete for the culinary crown ($235).

There’s no mention of him helping in the kitchen with the Gala Dinner on Sunday night, the weekend’s grand finale.

Barnes & Noble recently asked Bourdain to name and comment on his three favorite books. He cited Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and George V. Higgins’ The Friends of Eddie Coyle, but the third one really surprised me — Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Tony’s back on the road with appearances in November. Here’s my list, in case you live nearby and want to see him in person:

Date City Venue
10 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
11 Washington, DC Capital Food Fight
12 N. Charleston, SC N. Charleston Performing Arts Center
13 Raleigh, NC Progress Energy Center
18 Madison, WI Overture Center for the Arts
19 St. Petersburg, FL Progress Energy Center for the Arts
20 Atlanta, GA Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
21 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center
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