Less than a month ago, upon my return home from Paris, there were loads of emails to be read. Among them a very interesting and quite auspicious note. A letter from one of Tom Douglas's radio show producers.
In it she said that Tom had passed a note to her to have me on the radio show sometime soon to chat about blogging. She then continued on to ask what did I think about it and did I have any interest in coming on and being the voice of my peers? She was thinking of having me on the show March 26th.
After a a few giggles, squeals and jumps up and down I soon collected my thoughts and replied back. What did I think about being on the radio show? I think it was fabulous! And told her to count me in!
So last Saturday afternoon Mr. C (my #1 fan, who took the midnight red eye from Anchorage to be in Seattle bright and early--5am early-- the morning of) drove me to the Kiro 710 Eastlake studios at the Entercom building for the interview.
And there he was, the man himself, Mr. Tom Douglas. He welcomed me to the studio, told me where to sit and which one was my microphone, put me totally at ease and chatted with me while the show's co-host, Chef Thierry Rautureau of Rover's, yet another of my Seattle culinary heroes, arrived at the studio.
Thierry showed up all smiles with a bottle of Domaine Canto Perdrix Tavel from his personal cellar, a tasty Rosé from the Rhône Valley with a very pretty label, that they were to open later on during the show.
However, a few minutes later, Chef Rautureau, ever the gentleman, took it upon himself to open the bottle right then and there in what seemed to be a benevolent gesture to ease up my nerves.
He fumbled around with, of all things, an oyster knife--I was literally on the edge of my seat observing his technique-- and popped the cork like the pro he is. Out came the paper cups and we were all toasting away with Rosé. The whole thing was so surreal at times I felt like pinching myself.
With a little wine to set the mood and lighten things up, I became a little chattier--initially I was almost petrified with panic, rapidly going over a few notes and comparing them to the questions that had been typed down for Tom to ask me on the show.
By the time the ON AIR light was on and Tom and Thierry took to the microphone my heart was beating so fast I felt I would surely faint.
My eyes were not working properly. All I could see was a big microphone in front of me, the smiling faces of these two amazing guys and a blank page with some blurry letters I could not make sense of.
Then, when they introduced me as the guest of the show, "Viv of the Seattle Bon Vivant blog" I figured I might as well forget about the notes and wing it as there was no way I would be able to even try to take a peek at my scribbles.
I tell ya, that wine surely worked its magic because after the first commercial break and a generous refill of my wine glass I was feeling quite chatty and a lot more calm.
It all happened as if in a dream. There were questions about my beginnings as a blogger, blogging basics, with mentions of fellow Seattleites--Hillel Cooperman James Beard Award nomination and Kate Hopkins, her 2004 Food Blog Awards.
Tom also mentioned yours truly's award for Best Blog City and I made sure to acknowledge my choosing Mr. Douglas's Dahlia Bakery Ficelle for the first annual 2005 Independent Food Festival Awards.
There were out of the blue questions about my favorite Italian food in Seattle--my own and that of Pontevecchio--and our favorite Seattle taste-- Salumi salami for me.
In the end we just chatted about food and blogging and before we knew time had flown--even when the segment seemed to ran over the 30 minutes I had been told to pencil in.
There was still so much to be said and so many of the questions on the list that we did not get to cover such as favorite blogs, where to go to create a blog and other blogging resources.
That's the thing about radio I guess. Just like a Thanksgiving dinner, hours of anxious preparation are consumed in a few minutes and poof, it is gone too soon!
Ever the foodie I had come bearing edible treats so before leaving the studio I uncovered Christine Ferber Mara des Bois jams, fresh from Paris, one for each of them (in the same flavor so they would not quarrel over who got what) that I had wrapped in simple black and white toile with apricot satin ribbon.
Almost instantly they ripped open the tissue wrapping and open the jars, tasting the jam right off it with their fingers and what looked to be the same oyster knife used to open the Rosé? I can't remember but one thing I know for sure was that there was not a spoon in sight.
The highlight was when Monsieur Rautureau exclaimed an "Ohh, Pierre Hermé" when he read the label on the jar. It was a sight to see indeed!
All in all this has been, without a doubt, the biggest thrill--so far--of my food blogging adventures. I was tickled pink to meet Mr. Douglas (for the first time ever) who's work I've admired for years and whose restaurants--Dahlia Bakery in particular-- I've mentioned on this blog ad nauseum.
Getting to spend time with two of Seattle's top chefs and most admired restauranteurs, sitting side by side with Thierry Rautureau--ever the Frenchman, who not only shared his wine earlier than usual but also walked me to the door after my segment was over-- talking blog and shop was such a fabulous opportunity and such a rare opportunity.
And finally getting to meet local hero Tom Douglas was not only a huge honor and privilege but a lot of fun to boot for this little foodista.
I'll probably will update this post as more details come to mind but until I get a taped copy of the show I'll remain in the dreamlike, Rosé induced state of giddy foodie bliss and nervous amnesia I experienced around this time, last Saturday.
I've been listening to Tom's show on the radio for a long time but did you know that the good people at KIRO have recently started streaming their programming live on the web? In fact, so recently, that as of last Saturday when I was about to go on the show I was not yet aware of this new feature.
Thankfully my fabulous friend Alfie in Florida, Googlista extraordianire, got wind of this obscure fact and was able to listen to the whole thing live from the East coast and was happy to throw in her two cents about the interview. It was only when she told me she had listened to the show, going over the whole hour play by play I would still be thinking it had all been a daydream. Thanks Alfie!
To listen to Tom's show or any of Kiro's programming just go to the Kiro website, click Streaming Live, then click on Listen to Newsradio 710 KIRO online here!
When the liquid viewer window pops up, press the Click To Listen tab and tune in for 3 hours of fabulous food programming, recipes, "Ask The Chef" segment and lots of laughs.
On today's show, food writer and radio personality Ed Levine on his new book on pizza and Giada DeLaurentiis on Italian food and her new book Everyday Italian.
As a matter of fact, I'm listening in right now!