Sorry for a title that maybe three of you will actually get. If you want in on the joke, go here.
It looks like the pie-in-the-sky dreams of Food Network celebrities in DUMBO aren't the only thing to keep NYC-area foodies excited these days. There are considerably more definite plans for a big food personality shindig happening not too far from Gotham. Foxwoods Resort & Casino, located in Connecticut about two and a half hours outside New York City, will be hosting the Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival on September 14-16, 2007.
The weekend looks jam-packed with events, which you can apparently attend by purchasing individual tickets as well as tickets for the whole weekend. Tickets for the full weekend for you and your special someone will cost you $1,025, so unless TVFF hits the lottery, I'll be doing something else that weekend. Of course, there is a Celebrity Chef Poker Tournament which is open to the public, but it's unlikely that would be sufficient to get me in a car four hours each way.
So, who will be there? According to an article in the Norwich Bulletin:
Food Network stars Giada De Laurentiis and Dave Lieberman, as well as “Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen” host Lidia Bastianich and “Simply Ming” host Ming Tsai will all be on hand for the event, the casino announced Tuesday.
You can see the full run-down of food personalities here. You'll want to check out that page (1) for the particularly saucy headshot of Giada and (2) for the THICK LINE right below Giada, Dave, Lidia and Ming and before the listings for all of the other chefs who will be part of the event. I'm sure they didn't mean any disrespect by it, but I think you're sending a pretty obvious message by putting that line there: "Don't bother reading any further...you won't know any of the people below." Ouch. Wasn't it enough to put the "beautiful people" at the top?
Anywho, everyone (him, her...but not me, sigh) who goes to these sort of confabs always seems to have a good time. Plus, you can get in a little gambling and maybe win your admission price back. Or you can stumble down to the gaming floor after a night of wine and spirits tasting, which might not be the best gambling strategy.