I’m sitting here attempting to work, but really just thinking about how much fun I had on last night’s date with my husband. I’m typically not an enthusiastic go-out-during-the-week kind of gal. Monday through Thursday nights I’m focused on work, with occasional early morning risings for TV segments. I squeeze in a few late afternoon workouts and then scramble to get dinner on the table before Scarlet’s bedtime.
Wait, free tickets to the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Gala, you say? What should I wear?
My husband works in the car industry and his employer sponsors this event, so we ventured 10 minutes from our home to take part in the festivities. Last year I heard that Bret Michaels appeared at the gala since he was selling a car at the auction. So that piqued my interest.
Then, there I was at the Gala teetering on a carpet seam on black suede stiletto boots awaiting Maestro’s filet mignon with mushroom barley risotto. Swish. I felt someone whisk past my back. I turned my head and saw the back of a guy’s chef coat. But it didn’t appear to be just any chef. His hair was trendily coifed and he was tall and thin. He turned the corner and I glimpsed a chiseled profile shot.
It was chef Brian Malarkey, in all his sun-kissed, dimpled glory. You might have watched him compete on Bravo’s “Top Chef”. He also recently opened the restaurant Searsucker in downtown Scottsdale.
I thought, he must be here promoting his new digs. Hubs and I wandered our way through the Saks runway show, dancing blingy cowgirls, and throngs of party goers.
There it was. The Searsucker booth–and Brian! A couple of years ago I met Brian at a potato luncheon held at Searsucker San Diego, so it was fun running into him again. I love meeting celebrity chefs who are appreciative of their fans.
I couldn’t resist asking him a few questions:
Me: Welcome to Scottsdale!…How are you liking it so far?
Him: Love it! Have you been to the restaurant?
Me: No (feeling guilty)….but my husband hosted a group at your chef table recently! (whew–off the hook)
Him: Great! Well, you’ll have to come in.
Me: What else are you up to?
Him: I have a new show coming out.
Me: Oh, really!? Tell me about it!
Him: It’s called “The Taste”.
Whoa, I’ve only seen coverage about Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson hosting this show. Brian told me that last week he bellied up to a bar shoulder-to-shoulder with Tony eating fried chicken and drinking whiskey. Nice!
So, tune in to The Taste next week on ABC Tuesday, January 22 at 8pm Eastern. I know I will! Will you? Do you watch reality shows? Reality cooking shows? C’mon. Don’t be shy. Tell me about it.
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