July 21, 2010
Bourdain vs. Ripert: Who is more intriguing?

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert are both authors, chefs, TV personalities and world travelers. But the friends couldn’t be more different. “Tony” is frank, sarcastic and his “No Reservations” show comes with a viewer-beware warning. Eric, on the other hand, is a demure Frenchman known for his prowess with seafood. He’s the “chef’s chef,” if you will.

On Sept. 30, you can see them both live–unedited–on one stage, in Indy. The celebrity chefs are appearing as part of the Food for Thought program, brought to you by the Indiana Humanities Council and Spirit & Place Festival. They’ll talk about food, of course, but the conversation will be about much more than what’s on your plate. The world travelers will talk about how cultures are defined by food, and how food defines a culture.

So what are you most excited to hear? Or, more bluntly, who are you coming to see and hear? Is it to see how many cuss words Tony will drop, or what kind of secrets he’ll share about what REALLY goes on in a kitchen? Or is to listen to Eric muse on world cultures and the place of food in communities? One of TV’s biggest celebrity chefs or one of the world’s best chefs…who are you most excited about?

Tickets are now on sale. Click here for more information about the event and ticket prices/purchase points.

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7 responses to “Bourdain vs. Ripert: Who is more intriguing?”

  1. Emily Cooper says:

    I can’t wait for this event. I love “No Reservations” but I’m eager to hear more about Eric, too. So, to put it bluntly, I am coming to hear “Tony.” I love his sass, his wit, and the way he picks on Rachael Ray and other Food Network stars. And maybe he’ll bring his adorable daughter from the Italy episode. But still…it’s dangerous to mess with the French, so this should be interesting. Hopefully lots of cheese-throwing will ensure…I’m glad I got the email about this from IndyHub or otherwise I may not have known about it.

  2. Becca says:

    Clicked over from Indy Hub. So glad these guys are coming to town. Eric Ripert is one sexy silver fox!!!

  3. Beth says:

    I love Bourdain’s show No Reservations and would love to hear some behind the scenes stories. Eric seems like an interesting guy–if only he could cook up some seafood for the audience!

  4. Sarah says:

    Thanks to IndyHub for reminding me about this great upcoming engagement! I’m thrilled about the opportunity to hear from both chefs, but am particularly interested to hear Anthony Bourdain speak in person. His recorded conversations throughout his televised travels are often rough and straightforward while his narration of his experiences is often poetic and thoughtful. I’m eager to hear him live, and hope to catch a mixture of organic thoughts and some more well thought out ponderings about food, community and culture.

  5. Mike says:

    Props to IndyHub for reminding me about this event. I’m really interested to hear about how or if Bourdain’s perspective on American culture and food has changed throughout his travels around the globe.

  6. Heidi says:

    Thanks Indy Hub for reminding me of this amazing event! This should be an interesting night with Bourdain & Ripert and their individual perspectives on American cuisine!

  7. Alane says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this event since it was announced last year. Props to the Indiana Humanities Council for bringing it here and to IndyHub for promoting it to their membership!

    Both Eric and Tony are world-renowned and world travelers. Among the stories they tell and the thoughts they share, I’m very interested to hear any thoughts they share about Indianapolis. Often called the chain restaurant capital of the world, those of us in the know realize that Indy has so many wonderful and locally owned restaurants. Will Eric and Tony realize this? Will they bring up our “chain restaurant” reputation. And, how do us Hoosiers compare to other cultures and regions they have experienced and visited?

    Can’t wait!

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