Here’s a quick little quiz for all you uber-foodies out there:
Quiz Question #1: What do Hubert Keller, Eric Bost, Paul Del Favero, David Werly, Kerry Simon, Francois Payard, Paul Bartolotta, Kamel Guechida, Rick Moonen, Anthony Amoroso, Marc Poidevin, Adam Sobel, Mike Minor, Theo Schoenegger, Martin Heierling, Alex Stratta, Carla Pellegrino, Vincent Pilon, and Michael Mina have in common?
Answer (Multiple Choice):
A) They are responsible for putting and keeping Vegas on the world’s culinary map;
B) Individually and collectively they are responsible* for ELV gaining 15 pounds over the past ten years;
C) Last Friday night, individually and collectively, they probably wondered what the hell they were doing suspended hundreds of feet in the air;
D) All of the above.
What they were doing of course was providing a great photo op for the kick-off to this year’s Vegas Uncork’d 2009 presented by Bon Appetit. Which leads us to:
Quiz Question #2: ELV was supposed to join them, but didn’t because:
A) None of them was cooking up there;
B) Anytime ELV gets higher off the ground than the top of his head, he loses his appetite and needs a diaper;
C) Uber-wine guy Kelly McAuliffe (the one pouring), said there wasn’t enough booze in the Southern Wine and Spirits warehouse to keep ELV calm enough to enjoy himself;
D) Considering all of the above, ELV decided to take a road trip to Southern California;
E) All of the above.
Which gets to the whole point of this post:
Quiz Question #3: You should attend this year’s Vegas Uncork’d 2009 because:
A) These guys risked their lives for you and this publicity shot;
B) You’ll get to meet, greet, hobnob, cook, discuss, observe them working and kibbitz with each of them (and dozens more of the world’s greatest culinary talents — both in and out of their restaurants) during the four-day festival;
C) You will increase your gastronomic IQ by at least 50 points by attending;
D) You will eat and drink some of the best food on the planet — with the guys and gals who make our world so delicious;
E) By attending, you also get to hang out and chew the fat with Restaurant Editor-as-rock-star Andrew Knowlton, perenially cranky critic Alan Richman, uber-food-magazine Editor Barbara Fairchild, lots of other famous faces, a host of other food journalists (some famous, some not so) and…..drum roll please…ELV! (applause applause).
E) All of the above.
Normally, ELV tries to remain objective and detached in all things gastronomic, but when it comes to any event involving the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appetit magazine, or Vegas Uncork’d, he is an unabashed and unapologetic cheerleader. Sign up now and we’ll see you on May 7-10th. For a complete itinerary of events click on the GoogleAds box on the upper right, or go to www.vegasuncorkd.com .
* Each and every one of them know, in the deep recesses of their diabolical minds, that ELV can resist anything but temptation.