Wednesday, August 11, 2010

DDD in Sac, NYT take on demo, plus tonight's M2WI

The Food Network crew will be filming at Putah Creek Cafe on Thursday morning, August 12, 2010, for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, and host Guy Fieri will hit the Main Street restaurant on Aug. 29, said owner John Pickerel.

Putah Creek Cafe - website
210 Railroad Ave
Winters, CA 95694
(530) 795-2682
Twitter - @putahcreekcafe
*Premiere 4/4/11 - Signature Twists*

Gourmet Magazine featured the cafe in its June 2000 issue.


Gatsby's is also rumored to be featured on the show.

Gatsby's Hamburgers - no website?
2598 Alta Arden Expressway
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 977-0102

Triple D has featured three Sacramento-area restaurants: the Squeeze Inn (Burgers) in 2007, then in its 450-square-foot space on Fruitridge Road. The restaurant has since relocated to 5301 Power Inn Road and also has locations in Galt and Roseville. Cafe Rolle (A Little Bit of Everywhere) and Jamies Broadway Grille (Funky Joints) were both featured in 2009.


The New York Times caught up with Guy Fieri's live cooking demonstration in Atlantic City, late July, 2010, and wrote an excellent article about the appeal he had to his fans as well as some insightful comments about his detractors.

"... this platinum-haired, heavily tattooed chef-dude has proved that he has a Sarah Palin-like ability to reach Americans who feel left behind by the nation’s cultural (or, in his case, culinary) elite." [image]

"The fact that it was 3 o’clock in the afternoon, that there were numerous children and oxygen-toting seniors in the seats, and that he wasn’t about to do anything more radical than sear a duck breast didn’t do anything to diminish the energy Mr. Fieri brought to the stage. The charisma that recently inspired a middle-aged mom to throw her lavender-colored bra onstage during a cooking demonstration was on full display.

And although his props and costumes evoke a hard-core rebelliousness, his persona is friendly and jovial, serving up a solid helping of American family values with a garnish of patriotism."
He says that his chef-rock star-sports fan persona reflects his real passions: food, family, music, fast cars, sports and generally having an excellent time. Now, he worries about turning that persona into a person, with a lasting following and a real culinary agenda.

“Look, the fame rocket is only on the upward trajectory for a limited time,” he said in an interview a few days after the show, riding in the back of a car between television shoots in the Philadelphia suburbs. “I have to do what I can for the program while it lasts.”

"He’d rather have the loud love of the guys in the audience at Caesars than awards from the James Beard Foundation." [image]
Mr. Fieri has worked in the restaurant business steadily for 25 years, and although the politics of food isn’t his priority, he is smart enough to be genuinely worried about the real issues facing his industry and his audience.

“Will organics prevail?” he asked, furrowing his rubbery, normally cheerful face as he fretted that America is at a culinary crossroads. “I don’t know. Will schools get the funding they need to feed our kids? Will we be able to bring back all the cooking skills that got lost in the drive-through and the microwave?”

For the full story, visit The New York Times.


And tonight on Minute to Win It, the Charlotte Observer reports a Huntersville, NC couple will vie for the $1 million Wednesday, August 11, 2010.
Emily Barzee said this morning that she and her husband, Scott, were flown to Los Angeles to tape the show in late June.

The couple had appeared at a casting call for the show earlier that month at the EpiCentre at Trade and College streets in uptown Charlotte, Emily Barzee said.

Huntersville is about 15 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Minute to Win It airs on NBC, 8/7c.

Related Posts:
Recent interviews w/ Guy Fieri, plus more
More on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
More on Minute to Win It

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