Connecticut Forum: Food For Thought

Last night, I attended the Connecticut Forum at The Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut. The program was called Food For Thought, and it was one of the more boisterous and irreverent Forum’s that I have attended. The Mortenson Hall was sold out and they were simulcasting the event to another theatre across town. The Livingston’s don’t own a television, so I’m a bit confused by this whole celebrity chef thing. The term “foodie” doesn’t do much for me either.

Poor Alice Waters was sandwiched (no pun intended) between two of TV’s bad boy chefs. Anthony Bourdain was on her right and Duff Goldman was on her left, and they did their best to command the air time. There profanity was at times shocking and funny. I guess these TV shows are less about the food and more about the somewhat crude entertainment. She did her best, but wasn’t getting much help from moderator, Colin McEnroe. Debbie and I probably identify more with Alice than the others, though it would be even better if she was vegetarian.  

I”m not a cake fan (Goldman’s speciality) and I won’t put anything in my mouth without knowing the basics about where it came from (Bourdain’s schtick is eating anything anywhere at anytime). Waters is a pioneering chef when it comes to organic food. She pretty much started the movement at her restaurant, Chez Panisse.

It was an entertaining evening at the Connecticut Forum. I only wish the events didn’t start so late! An 8:00 P.M. start means I”m dozing off by intermission no matter how egaging the personalities on stage.

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