Bourdain’s Back on the Road

By Karen

Anthony Bourdain kicked his personal appearances back into high gear last week. Here’s what I’ve found on his near-upcoming schedule…


26 Charlotte, NC*
27 Dallas, TX
28 San Diego, CA
29 Vancouver
30 Charlottesville, VA*
31 NYC for Halloween?


2 Philadelphia, PA*
3 Portland, ME*
4 Cleveland, OH
5 Asheville, NC
10 Washington, DC
Food Fight

* “Good vs. Evil” with Eric Ripert

Bourdain told the San Jose Mercury News that his appearances have a new format, with lots of fresh material and video clips from his TV shoots. If you’ve seen him in person before, it sounds like he’s worth checking out again. I’m eager to start seeing bloggers weighing in on these appearances.

I didn’t know he was going to be in Charlottesville with Ripert until just the other day when Ripert tweeted something. When I checked into it, it was sold out.

In other news…

Rachael Ray told Joy Behar that she has invited Bourdain on her show in November, and said nice things about him. I haven’t seen whether he has accepted.

At the NYC Wine & Food Festival earlier this month, Bourdain’s Mini-Me, Andrew Zimmern, jumped into the fray and covered Tony’s back in his tussle with Paula Deen over what’s wrong with her cooking.

Speaking of the Festival, Cats Working’s own MorganLF was there, and hung out in the audience with Ottavia while Tony was on stage doing his thing.

Bourdain gave an interview about his literary side to the Los Angeles Times.

In case you missed it, here’s a 5-minute video of Ottavia talking about MMA. She says practicing the sport allows her to eat 3,000-4,000 calories a day, mostly meat and veggies.

And here’s a pretty funny video of Eric Ripert visiting Costco with Alan Richman.

On The Chew, Michael Symon responded to Bourdain’s snarky comments about the show.

The Vancouver Sun touched base with Tony on all the things he’s been doing lately. Mildly interesting.

Sandra Lee talked to Harper’s Bazaar (or in her case, Bizarre) and said about Bourdain’s snipes at her, “I think he makes it up, cause nobody can be that nasty.” The article was accompanied by several photos of Lee as a culinary sex goddess.

In case you missed Ottavia’s Twitter link, Tony’s interviewing really hit the big leagues now with one featured in Playboy.

For Bourdain’s appearance in Dallas on October 27, a blogger with D Magazine got screwed out of a pre-interview because it wouldn’t appear in print, and somehow Tony found out and contacted her to rectify the matter.

Tony also shared a list of his favorite cooking shows with Grub Street.

And on a final note…

I’ve been suffering through the non-stop padding and commercials on Dancing with the Stars (which ABC won’t let you bypass even On Demand) just to see Chaz Bono and JR Martinez dance, and can’t help thinking of what “might have been” if Bourdain had agreed to do the show. If they’d blessed him with a tall partner, women would have swooned over his waltz, foxtrot, quickstep, tango, and paso doble. But I can’t see him getting into the jive or Latin dances.

Anyway, Photoshopped Bourdain into a series of DWTS “what if” pics. If you missed them, they are PRICELESS.


18 Responses to Bourdain’s Back on the Road

  1. Imabear says:

    Wow – some of those comments at the end of the Zimmern piece are pretty hostile. Some simply show a great deal of ignorance – people missed the point entirely.

  2. MorganLF says:

    We actually met up as they were arriving, strictly by chance in what was a HUUUGE crowd. I had gone outside to get some air and, boom- there they were. They were very gracious and greeted me warmly. I also met her good friend and Twitter pal Tania.
    Later on, I grabbed front row seats and Tweeted Ottavia to join us, we chatted a bit and they sat behind us. Ottavia’s hair appeared lighter, highlighted and looks great. In fact, in recent photos she posted from the Emmy’s, I speculated she’d had a nose job because the pictures were so flattering, but Karen’s “unimpeachable” source revealed it was not the case.

    The Bourdain interview that closed the Festival (best for last) was fairly lackluster, save a few comments. When Tony was asked about his former persona and reputation for “bad behavior” he said “these days I leave that to my wife”. Kindred souls those two, did you all see the picture she tweeted of her teenage self with a punk-rock shaved head? Priceless! Also during the interview Tony reduced himself to giggles with his comments about Mario’s new show “The Chew”, he’s NOT a fan.

    At the Food & Wine Festival (emphasis on wine) it was a truly dizzying array of delectables, although one douche passed off head cheese as “porky goodness” and in was so gnarly I spit it out. I managed not to get hammered but the pairings really were amazing and endless. I met Fabio Vviani and watched a few demos with Bobby Flay, Morimoto, and Michael Symon . I much prefer the DC Food Fight it’s smaller and in a nice facility with bathrooms. Oh, did I mention the event was on a pier in the Hudson, pretty much a raw space and the facilities were rows and rows of Porta- Sans outside on the street. It was an all-day affair and by 6 that night ….ugh let’s just say thank God I was only a half hour from the home bowl.

  3. catsworking says:

    Morgan, thanks for the run-down on the Food & Wine Fest. I knew I couldn’t do it justice for you.

    I saw that pic of Ottavia with the punk haircut and DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS HER. I’ll have to check it out again.

    I’m a big fan of Fabio Viviani. Have you been watching his cooking videos on Yahoo? He’s a natural.

    Imabear, I haven’t looked at the Zimmern piece lately, so I don’t remember the nasty comments. I’ll have to refresh on that.
    UPDATE: I reread the comments. Yeah, they were pretty brutal to Zimmern. On the other hand, a fat guy who makes a living eating bugs and worse probably shouldn’t be knocking anybody’s cooking.

  4. Britta says:

    Okay, perhaps I am being overly harsh. I need to see another interview with Ottavia to understand the adulation. Attractive, fit, at least bi-lingual yes, but please enlighten me that this woman has interests and causes that rise above her physical being and her association with her famous husband. That they have a rescued cat is a great thing but someone tell me more about Ottavia…please.

  5. catsworking says:

    Britta, good question. Now that you mention it, I really don’t know much about Ottavia’s interests except what she tweets.

    The Bourdains are involved causes related to ending hunger, although Tony’s appearances at charity events aren’t billed as such. The one thing he NEVER does is toot his own horn about stuff like that (except maybe when he tried to buy that meal for the kids in Haiti, which turned into a free-for-fall).

    Here’s what I give Ottavia credit for. She took on a very difficult man with a lot of baggage and demons. She turned him around to the point where he felt ready to settle down and have a family. She’s a very devoted mother. You don’t hear about that because they both deliberately keep Ariane in the background to protect her. For someone who stepped into his spotlight at age 28 with no previous experience in dealing with a “celebrity,” she handled the demands with remarkable tact and discretion for several years, before staking out her own niche on Twitter and becoming something of a mini-celeb in her own right.

    With Tony’s travel schedule (he says he’s gone 220 days a year), I’m a little surprised that they still seem so tight as a couple. If Ottavia wants to fill her time alone by going to the gym and beating up guys, so be it.

    Ottavia has helped publicize the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, and even worked on it, so I assume she’s interested in furthering gay rights.

    Morgan saw her most recently. Maybe she learned something and can chime in here.

  6. MorganLF says:

    All I can add is, her twitter feed reveals a very funny, scatalogically advanced chick. Like Tony she is frank and sometimes raunchy. Considering how fucked up some of the early comments about her on this blog were -she’s also very gracious. We were all cloaked in anonymity then, speculating about this young chick who snapped up such a cool, hot looking dude that many of us found very appealing. She’s been unfailingly friendly to the CW crew, and I guess we’re still the ultimate fan-girls.

  7. catsworking says:

    Yeah, I do still pick on Bourdain when I think he’s done something dumb, but have to give him credit for surrounding himself with good people like Ottavia and Eric Ripert. Can’t speak for his crew because I don’t pay any attention to them, but to do what they do to make NR and put up with Bourdain’s alter-ego, Vic Chanko, they must be saints!

    The whole blog connection thing started out innocently enough. We were just a bunch of curious fans who wanted to know more about Bourdain, and I was lucky enough to stumble across that Miami Ink video. I certainly had no CLUE the Bourdains were tuning in and would ever make contact (it’s all documented here in the archives). And even though we were snarky, they were extremely nice about it. Especially Ottavia. She could have been a diva about it, but it was just the opposite.

  8. kittiequeen says:

    REALLY REALLY REALLY Getting sick and tried of the antics of these two. AS well as all those other cooks/cooking shows. Tony B. is nothing more than shameless self promotion. I never belived the stuff he wrote about himself. A quick example. That he patronized shooting galleries when hooked on dope. Anyone who understands anything about these things, you would have to think the man has aids or something like that from borrowing fifhly needles. Yet, all these years later, he suposedly sires a healthy child with a much younger woman. I think someone like Oprah should take on these two, they are both full of baloney.

  9. catsworking says:

    Wow, kittiequeen, why don’t you tell us how you REALLY feel about the Bourdains? 😉

    Much as I like the guy and, particularly, his writing, I see your point. Over the years, people have commented on the Bourdain posts about how he has “reinvented” himself a few times.

    I don’t think there’s any dispute over the fact that he was a drug addict and worked a series of jobs that paid shit while living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, so it was always hand to mouth. But then he wrote the one book that burst open his cage and made the world take notice. I don’t begrudge him trying to parlay the measure of fame he has achieved into whatever security he can for him and his family.

    I think his reputation will ultimately rest on his writing, becuause the travel gig can’t last forever. He’s already retracing his steps quite a bit.

    His father died of a heart attack at 57 or 58, and Tony is 55, so there may be some anxiety about doing as much as possible now in case he doesn’t make it to 60 himself. It’s not like he’s been taking care of himself all these years, as you pointed out.

  10. Bacardi1 says:

    Had the very good fortune to enjoy Tony & Eric Ripart in Charlottesville, VA, last night from superior 2nd row seats. They were fabulous together – wonderful repartee between the two that kept even non-foodies (like my husband) in stitches.

  11. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Bacardi1! I’m so glad that someone who was there has checked in. Did Tony ask Eric about truffle oil?

  12. Bacardi1 says:

    Yes! And even though I already knew the answer, Eric’s reply was very interesting & illuminating (along with his little joke re: what a former employer used to use it for, which Eric, being the gentleman that he is, left to the imagination – lol!).

  13. kittiequeen says:

    It doesnt bother me one bit telling what I think about Tony B. Cats Working hasnt been too shy about it, either. This guy reminds me too much of the guy who wrote” A Millon Little Pieces”. Oprah popped that one good.

  14. catsworking says:

    kittiequeen, you’re right, there may be some of that “revisionist memory” going on in some of Tony’s writing. Occasional commenters here have accused him of that. Today’s post by Cole is on the same topic, as it applies to Herman Cain.

    I think that guy James Frey, whom Oprah ripped a new one for making up stuff in his book, is doing quite well as an author now. All is forgiven. Back in the day, I don’t think it mattered if the attention someone got from Oprah was good or bad. It helped.

    As for Bourdain, he may check in here occasionally (I don’t know), just to see what the buzz is. In case he does, we try to keep him honest. 😉

  15. Bacardi1 says:

    Hubby & I are gin & tonic fans – so long as the gin is good – lol! So when Tony mentioned on stage that he enjoyed Hendrick’s gin & tonics (a brand we’d never heard of before), hubby surprised me today by bringing home a bottle. We’re just enjoying it now as a pre-early-dinner cocktail, & are severely disappointed. No floral or herbal notes & very bitter. I’m thinking the Scots (Hendrick’s is made in Scotland) should stick to producing other libations, although I do realize that both food & drink preferences are personal. 🙂

  16. catsworking says:

    Bacardi1, I don’t think you can trust Bourdain’s opinion on liquor. He has drunk stuff so nasty, I can’t even describe it here without throwing up, and this is years later.

    Gin, to me, is like Christmas tree in a bottle. Can’t stand the stuff and I don’t care who makes it. If it were the last booze on earth, I would go on the wagon permanently.

  17. Bacardi1 says:

    “Gin, to me, is like Christmas tree in a bottle. . . .”

    Lol!!! That’s the juniper talking. I can’t drink it straight or in a semi-straight cocktail like a Martini, but do find a good G&T with a wedge of lime refreshing. Our favorite go-to brand is “Tanqueray”, who recently came out with a gin called “Rangpur”, which contains Indian Rangpur limes in addition to the regular botanicals. Wonderful stuff. I just wish it wasn’t so pricey. But maybe that’s a good thing – lol!!

  18. catsworking says:

    I understand that gin and tonic was the preferred beverage of the late Queen Mum. It probably kept her going to 100+!

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