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The Gourmet Institute
Friday, September 08, 2006 | posted by Mike

The Gourmet InstituteFirst off, congratulations to “suburban housefrau” for being the first to identify the quote referenced in yesterday’s post, which comes from The Wizard of Oz. If TVFF.com had a budget for something like t-shirts or mugs, housefrau would be getting one. But we don’t have a budget, so she’ll just have to be content with the satisfaction that she was the winner.

We made a reference last week to the fact that we’ll be having news about “a special TVFF.com correspondent and her trip to a big event.” We’re proud to let you know that a friend of TVFF.com will be attending The Gourmet Institute from October 20-22 in New York. She has graciously agreed to take plenty of pictures and write up some posts about her experiences there.

The Gourmet Institute provides attendees with an opportunity to:
Meet Editor In Chief Ruth Reichl. Step inside our eight test kitchens and photo studios. Get up close and personal with Executive Chef Sara Moulton. Learn from celebrated chefs including Daniel Boulud, Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Masaharu Morimoto, Charlie Palmer, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Taste incredible wines from all over the world. Enjoy an exclusive dinner at one of New York's most acclaimed restaurants. Kick off the weekend with a festive gala at the spectacular Buddakan restaurant.
This looks like a cool way to get up close to a number of great chefs, including some FN and PBS stars. The event features a bunch of different seminars as well as gourmet meals and lectures. I’d personally LOVE to see Anthony Bourdain, so I’m hoping that one is included in our correspondent’s itinerary.

Just as TVFF.com doesn’t have a budget for snazzy gifts, we also don’t have a travel budget, so we won’t be able to make it to the event. The staff is also planning a wedding in the coming months, so any slush fund that might have been used is strictly off limits. So, as I said, keep an eye out for the reports.

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