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Gail Meets Chef Fabio Viviani!

Gail and Fabio Viviani

When you’re as dedicated of a Foodie as me, Celebrity Chefs are the new Rock Stars — and from Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain to Jonathan Waxman and Rocco Dispirito, I have met many of the best. But no previous personal collision with culinary genius has matched the heights squee-worthiness attained by my recent chance meeting with former Top Chef contestant and all around Fabulous uber Hottie, Fabio Viviani! I love him! Fabio happened to be shilling for Bertoli Olive Oil at last week’s Editor’s Showcase at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, and he was just as charming and charismatic in person as he is on TV. Fabio Viviani!

Bertoli Olive Oil Display
Bertoli Olive Oil Booth Display

Fabio was gracious enough to pose for a photo of us together and, as you can see by my face, this was a moment I will not soon be forgetting. But it wasn’t actually the first time I had seen Fabio out and about while I was on a Food blog related excursion. Two years ago, I was having drinks and snacks Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel when I noticed a guy sitting at the table directly behind me who had what looked like a Sock Monkey clearly visible in his rear jeans pocket. Yes, I just typed that. A split second after my initial observation, Sock Monkey guy turned his head and I immediately recognized him as Fabio, who is one of my favorite contestants from Top Chef, ever.

I was just emboldened enough by alcohol consumption to have said something pleasantly confrontational to Fabio at that time, but his party was made up exclusively of very attractive women who were all clearly fawning over him, so the timing was a bit off. Minutes later, he was gone and I thought I had missed my chance, so thank you Bertoli Olive Oil and Editors Showcase for providing my a true fan moment with Fabio. And thanks Fabio, for your delicious food and just being you.

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Chef Anthony Bourdain to Host Benefit for Bronx Academy of Letters High School

Benefit Cake Photo

Attention all Foodies: Renowned Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain will be on hand to host the Tenth Anniversary benefit celebration for The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters; one of New York City’s public schools that provides free education to all of its students. Funds raised at this benefit help to offset the many costs associated with programs that are not covered by the NYC Department of Education, which has been subject to severe budget cuts in recent years.

Bronx Academy of Letters’ exceptional programs include a literary magazine and school newspaper, a Writer’s Forum and Writers in Residence program, college visits for all sophomores and juniors, and study abroad opportunities, as well as a school vegetable garden and clubs and athletic teams. Donor funding also helps to make possible the vital, individualized attention offered by an outstanding teaching and student-support staff. The large majority of Bronx Academy of Letters’ graduates continue on to college.

The Tenth Birthday Event takes place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 110 West 19th Street in New York City. Host Anthony Bourdain will be joined by associates of Lucky Peach magazine, a quarterly food journal sponsored by Momofuku Restaurants.

Lucky Peach Logo

The evening will feature food by Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Chez Sardine), Aaron Chambers (Boulud Sud), Ludo LeFebvre (Ludobites), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), Julian Medina (Toloache), Briskettown, Momofuku and Roberta’s. Desserts by Brooks Headley (Del Posto), Erin McKenna (Babycakes) and Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar) will also be featured, with Cocktails courtesy of PDT’s Jim Meehan.

It should be a really fun night for an excellent cause! Please visit This Link to purchase VIP sponsorship packages as well as individual tickets to the event. Please note that the major part of your contribution is tax deductible!