By Darla Shelden
Internationally renowned chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain is bringing his first North American tour Guts & Glory to Oklahoma on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Bourdain, armed with new, uncensored material and stories, will appear at the Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre, 6420 Southeast 15th Street, in Midwest City.
“Anthony Bourdain adds the right kind of spice to this year’s Rose State Live lineup,” said John Cain, Rose State College Marketing Director. “He brings excitement, culture and fun to the community in a witty, delectable way.”
Born in New York City, Bourdain graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and is a veteran of numerous professional kitchens. Host of the Travel Channel’s popular “No Reservations” and The Layover, Bourdain in his always ‘tell it like it is’ style, will share candid insights about his life’s work and travels. The evening will include an open question and answer session with the audience.
Oklahoma City’s Ludivine restaurant is the Official Restaurant Sponsor for the Anthony Bourdain event, and chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson will provide a selection of appetizers for VIP reception attendees.
“Chef Russ and myself are very excited to be part of hosting Anthony Bourdain here in OKC for his “Gut’s and Glory” Tour,” said Stranger. “For us the best part is cooking what we only occasionally put on our own menu. Everything from sea urchin bone marrow, lamb heart, and Wagyu tongue will be a part of the VIP reception spread after the event. I mean we get to cook for Anthony Bourdain and his guests! It is an honor that we are very grateful for and plan on doing our best in representing the food of Oklahoma.”
“We were approached via email by the promoter of the event about two weeks ago,” said Johnson. “They were looking for an official restaurant sponsor and we jumped on it. I was really excited. We told her right away that we definitely wanted to do it.”
Bourdain, chef-at-large at New York’s famed Brasserie Les Halles, is the author of bestselling titles Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw – containing his sometimes startling viewpoints of life in restaurant kitchens. His latest project Get JIRO!, a culinary-themed graphic novel, was released on July 3 and has already reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. His 2001 travel journal A Cook’s Tour was also a bestseller in the US and UK.
A contributing authority for Food Arts magazine, Bourdain’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and many other publications. He has appeared on many television shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, Real Time with Bill Maher, and The Daily Show.
In May 2012, Bourdain announced that he would be leaving the Travel Channel to host a weekend docu-series for CNN, about other cuisines and cultures. Bourdain will also be a commentator on CNN’s channels in the United States and elsewhere. Also premiering in 2013 will be The Taste, a cooking competition series for ABC.
Tickets range from $47.50 to $55, and are available by phone at 405-297-2264, online at MyTicketOffice.com or in person at the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office at 201 N. Walker Ave. in Oklahoma City. If still available, tickets may be purchased at the Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre Box Office on the day of the show beginning two hours prior to the performance start time.
“I’m a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain’s books, his shows, his food and his general ideas about food and cooking,” said Johnson. “He’s one of my favorites so I’m very excited about it.”
A limited number of $125 VIP tickets are available, which include: premier seating, a VIP laminate, a limited edition tour poster and exclusive access to a post-show meet and greet reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and photo and signing opportunities with Anthony Bourdain.
“We’ll be serving some items that will be in keeping with the food he likes to talk about and write about. That’s the stuff that we like to do as well. We’re going to be doing some fun things with offal (organ meats) and uni (sea urchin) and we’ll have some other items with a broader appeal. We just want to have fun with it.”
Ludivine, located at 8th and Hudson in Oklahoma City, applies a “farm-to-table” concept using as many locally grown and produced ingredients as possible in their kitchen.
Copies of Bourdain’s books will be available for purchase on-site from Full Circle Bookstore, the show’s Official Bookstore Sponsor.