Wednesday, February 18, 2009

American Idol

Well, not exactly but she sure is my idol! And who do I speak of? Why, Martha Stewart, of course! Yes, as a fellow "foodie" she is #1 on my list of fav's . . . the top tamale, if you will! I've followed her career with all the ups and downs for many, many years now.

Yesterday I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet Martha in person (yes, we are on a first name basis). She was in Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium doing a book signing of her Martha Stewart's Cookies recipe book and the Martha Stewart's Cooking School book. The deal was you had to purchase one or the other from the Georgia Aquarium website. The purchase included a ticket to the book signing which was to start at 12:30 p.m. I chose the Martha Stewart's Cookies recipe book and I am glad I did. It is full of fabulous cookie recipes. I can't wait to start trying some of them on my workmates!

Back to the book signing. My friend Michelle and I arrived at the aquarium around noon (yes, we both took off work for this). As I said, the book signing was scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m., however, it really didn't start until closer to 1:15 p.m. or so because Martha was busy doing TV spots, interviews, and greeting contest winners. But she finally did begin the book signing and the line started moving - slowly, very slowly.

While standing in line, we chatted with others around us, chatted about Second Chance Greyhounds, and we also reminisced about the day we drove to Birmingham to watch Southern Living's Cook-Off which was hosted by none other than . . . Tyler Florence. Yes, the hottie chef from Food Network's Food 911 and Tyler's Ultimate. That is where I obtained an autograph from Tyler on my Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen cookbook. Yep, I did, all thanks to Michelle (yes, the same Michelle who was at Martha Stwart's signing with me). You see, the Tyler gig wasn't really a book signing but I took mine anyway because you just never know, you know? Anyway, after the show was over, Tyler was milling about on stage. Michelle got his attention and asked him if he would sign my book. He said sure, he would, so he stepped away to get a Sharpie at which time he came back and signed my book for me. I was thrilled, to say the least. A few years after that I met him again at a real book signing for his other cookbook, Eat this Book, so I have both of mine autographed.

A few years later, my friend Belinda and I were in New York and we went to eat dinner at Mesa Grill. You would never guess who was in there. Yep, Bobby Flay himself, another hottie chef from Food Network who owns the chain of Mesa Grill restaurants. Belinda was able to get him to come over to our table. We chatted a bit, he kissed our hands and then he was off. WOW!! Again, I was thrilled!

Back to Martha - I think we stood in line for about three hours but we finally did make it to the front. By then, my feet felt like bloody stumps but I didn't care. I was about to meet Martha, in the flesh!

It was my turn to approach her table. I was a nervous wreck as you can well imagine. I handed her my book (hoping she wouldn't notice my not so fresh manicure) and said to her, "hi, it is so nice to meet you." At which time she replied, "nice to meet you, too." Then I stupidly said, "I bet your hand is about to fall off" and she replied "we'll see". Afterwards, I laughed at myself and at her response . . . "we'll see". Now, what the heck does that mean? Did she really expect it to fall off? Did it feel as if it were falling off at that time and moment? Who knows. By then she had probably signed 300 or more books so I imagine it was hurting quite a bit!

Anyway, Michelle was next in line. She handed Martha her two books and one of Martha's handlers told her, "there are only a hundred more people" or something to that effect. She looked up at Michelle and said "what they really mean is there are 300 more". Too funny. I imagine she was exhausted by then but she was a good sport about it.

We left there and hobbled down the street (well, I was hobbling with my bum foot I had squeezed into a boot so I would look half-way "normal" for Martha) to McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant to grab a very late lunch. We enjoyed our lunch along with cocktails to celebrate "Martha Stewart Day" as I had dubbed it. Michelle and I both commented about how fantastic she looked. Absolutely flawless and so young. I wonder what her secret is! :)

We finally left downtown and headed home. The fun was over and it was back to reality. I think I walked into my house at 5:30 p.m. What a day it was, for sure! But definitely well worth it. As you can imagine, getting Martha's signature and meeting her was quite a thrill for this foodie. Next on my list is Wolfgang Puck and, of course, Emeril and I wouldn't mind meeting Paula Deen and Alton Brown as well. All in good time, I say, all in good time.
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christie said...

Awesome!! My Mom swears she saw Paula Deen in Savannah in City Market, while we were milling around waiting for our appointed time to eat at Lady and Sons. But was too shy to approach her.

greytblackdog said...

Are you a food network stalker? LOL!

Zan said...

I'm a big fan of Martha's myself - though she got a bum rap.

nanny said...

Wow that is just awesome.
I saw Paula when she was on tour, in Dallas, she is a hoot. Her book, It ain't all about the cookin, is very good. If your mom hasn't read it, it would make a great gift.

nanny said...

Sorry, guess I was replying to Christie about her mom seeing Paula, but you would like it too Patti.

Messy Marvin said...

SWEET I was Martha Stewart for a project and I made cupcakes that I got from her magizen and everything she is my idol 2 i know she has done one bad thing but she still rocks!

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