I found this interesting tidbit from John Kessler’s Food and More blog…
Chef’s Night Out with Tom Colicchio
8:15 am March 30, 2010, by John Kessler
Kevin Gillespie, Tom Colicchio and Richard Blais at Hong Kong Harbour (Curtis Compton, AJC)
The diners at Craft — loosened with glass after glass of pinot noir, sated with roasted duck and sausage-wrapped lamb loin — broke into uproarious applause. They were as happy as pigs in pokes when Tom Colicchio, the chef and owner of the Craft family of restaurants, strolled out on the floor, mic in hand.
Colicchio, whose role as head judge on the television series “Top Chef” has made him a national celebrity, shushes the crowd. He discusses the menu and makes gracious comments about the winemaker in attendance at this sold-out dinner. Then, guests rush forward, arms outstretched, including one woman in a floor-length black gown with a maelstrom of ruffles churning about her shoulders.
“Who made your dress?” Colicchio asks.
“Chanel,” the woman answers, flattered.
As Colicchio poses for pictures, a small posse begins forming by his side. In comes Kevin Maxey, who runs Craft Atlanta, and Adam Evans, from the more casual Craftbar downstairs. In comes Nick Oltarsh, an Atlanta chef (now with Concentrics Hospitality) who spent four years in Colicchio’s New York kitchen. Fast on his heels are Richard Blais and Kevin Gillespie – the two Atlantans who rode the “Top Chef” train to national fame as popular contestants. Their fans in the crowd murmur. Were the faux-hawk and the beard really here? Yes!
Then, for these guys, it was time for the evening to really start. Colicchio had delighted guests at his wine dinner during the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction last week. Now, chef’s night out was underway. (more…)
Dr. Suess Twins at Close to 6 Months March 30, 2010
Here was the original post of the kids in their Dr Suess outfits at around 3 months old. Let’s compare photos…