Saturday, October 10, 2009

SH meets AB

Oh, you knew a blog post was coming on this one!

This might be one of the few actual things I've done that seems very New York. But last night, I found out that Good Eats and Iron Chef America host Alton Brown was going to be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble in Union Square. And since most weekends we sit around wishing we had something cool to do, we decided to go.

It started at 7, but we got there around 6:30. Should've gotten there at like 4. But we had pretty decent standing spots. Alton spent a few minutes talking about the show and his new book, "Good Eats: The Early Years."

Then he took questions for a while. I didn't ask any. This girl in the photo below, she was the second or third question-asker.

She opened with "I'm a vegan." And that was all it took. He went OFF on vegans and absolutely SKEWERED her. He said he was surprised she had the strength to stand up to ask her question. She said she runs. He said he runs too (he's lost 50 pounds!) but that it's PAST all the vegans who are usually falling over. She said she would make him some vegan cookies and he said fine, but I want real vegans in them. I think her real question was if he'd ever consider doing a vegan-themed show. He final answer was short and sweet. "Uh, NO." It was pretty hilarious. Other people asked things like "What's your favorite food?" To which he said just about anything right now since he's been trying to lose weight. But he finally chose eggs. Someone also asked why they've never done a Chefography on him, and he said because his life is his own personal business.

He really is very witty. He's exactly in person like he is on Good Eats. It was really enjoyable to listen to him speak. After about 35 minutes of questions, we dispersed into lines to wait for an autograph. And I do mean wait. We didn't even move for about an hour. We were kinda toward the end of the line because we got trampled to get there. The talking part ended around 7:45. We got to him at about 10 p.m. So cool to meet him! He introduced himself, and so did we. Made a joke about how heavy his book was. Then I told him I'm from Marietta too, and I think he was pleased to sorta see a bit of home. He asked if I went to school there, and I told him I went to Sprayberry. He knew exactly what I was talking about. He told me which area he lives in and where his daughter is going to school (but since he made a point earlier in the evening to say his life is private, I won't repeat that here), which I know of and have driven past many times. I wanted to tell him I always like seeing a little bit of home on the show (like when he goes to Harry's Farmers Market near the Big Chicken), but I forgot. Honestly, it all went by so quickly, it's hard to remember at all. But I got to shake hands with, talk with and get an autograph from Alton Brown!

We accidentally got TWO photos because the guy taking them misfired the first time, but it still came out. Oh, and, uh, this is the debut of my haircut! (Remember the gift certificate Scott got me for my birthday?)

Mental note to only do this for people I really want to see, cause that line was brutal. But I'm really glad we went!


J. et K. said...

So, so cool!! I love his recipes.

Jean said...

Jealous of the meeting and autograph, not so much the crowd and lines. Glad you got to do it!

Meaghan said...

Wow, that is REALLY cool! I love his show. And I love watching him host Iron Chef because he knows so much random info on all the food. He's such an intelligent chef! Glad you got to meet him.

P.S. I almost think he looks a little sickly though. Just a few more of those pounds back on, and he'd look much better. Just sayin'!

Meaghan said...

Oh, and your hair looks GREAT!