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Wednesday, June 11

Guess Who?

Guess which prominent Food Network personality told the organizer of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival that she needed a balcony to smoke on if she was to return next year?

Click on this Rocky Horror-like photo to find out the answer





Please quit smoking, Paula! Pretty soon no matter how much butter you put in your morning coffee you still won't be able to taste it!


You should definitely read this New York Times article on Lee Schrager--the man behind the South Beach festival and, now, the New York City Wine & Food Festival coming in October. (Alton will be there)

The Times also prints the email Lee wrote that was able to woo Giada De Laurentiis to the NYC festival:

"Tiffany’s will buy your newest book for each of the 100 guests and also present you with a very special gift, along the lines of a watch — I noted your Rose Gold Rolex is your casual day watch."

So kids, if you want Paula or Giada to show up to your event, just make sure you have 1) A balcony and 2) A present from Tiffany.

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At 6/11/2008 9:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

For some reason this makes me kind of sad. :(

At 6/11/2008 10:41 AM , Blogger yoshi said...

Wow ... I don't know a single chef that -doesn't- smoke. So get over yourselves.

At 6/11/2008 11:11 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

What's the big deal about Paula Deen smoking ? Smoke police out again ? I detect a hint of " I'm better than you because I don't smoke, so stop, and join my side ".

If that is the only request she had made to ensure her appearance next year, I think that is quite fair.

I wonder what Princess Giada is asking for her return ? A separate floor at the Delano ? Private jet ?

I can't believe Lee Schrager needs to brown nose and bribe Princess Giada like this.

I don't like what is happening to Princess Giada .

At 6/11/2008 11:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think Paula's teeth are stained, take a close look at Michael "Groove Her" Groover's beard! I thought Paula and Michael were quitting smoking...at least I thought she said that on one of her episodes.

And as for chefs/cooks being smokers: How can they taste anything?

At 6/11/2008 1:02 PM , Blogger jacob said...

It's not an "I'm better than you" vibe at all; it's a "you're a 61 year old woman who's about to emark upon a daily talkshow and will need to be able to speak... and be healthy enough to live through it" kind of vibe.

At 6/11/2008 1:38 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Fair enough Jake. If that show ever happens, I can see your logic.

At 6/11/2008 2:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6/11/2008 3:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

paula is a loud unmedicated annoying egotistical attention whore, period.
i could care less if she smokes since she is never up in my face with her bad breath.....
she can smoke all she wants
just tone it the fuck down will ya??
oh, what? thats impossible?
thats what i thought......
get this thing off tv....please NO talk show......are we being tortured enough with this one already????

At 6/11/2008 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the new shows of Paula's Party, filmed in New York, you can tell that she has had her teeth whiten. She even introduced her dentist on the last show.

I don't know how well her talk show will be received. Many people are growing to dislike her because of her dirty talking and very non lady like behavior. People only take this type of person for so long, then they disappear very fast.

At 6/12/2008 9:33 AM , Blogger Phillip said...

Jacob, being that you have attended the Sobe Festival, can you please recommend some events to attend at the NYC festival? I'm a bit overwhelmed with all the options, but the only one that really interested me was the Grand Tasting. Would I be missing out on something?

At 6/12/2008 10:28 AM , Blogger jacob said...

I think the Grand Tasting is your best bet if you want the general festival experience and aren't majorly into wine tastings. At Sobe, buying the grand tasting got you in to all of the chef demos, too, which I assume will be the case for NYC.

The grand tasting tent was incredibly crowded in miami, but I still think it's worth it. I'm not sure what the projected turnout for NYC is, but I'm sure it'll be big too.

At 6/12/2008 8:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The unfortunate thing about this NY Times piece is that it's not like Giada wrote the e-mail TO Lee Shrager asking what she would get in return for hosting an event. The words as written to Giada were FROM Lee. So it's unfair to assume that the only reason Giada would accept the invitation is because of a watch. That actually seems really silly to be honest. How do any of us know what Giada's response was? Maybe she wasn't all that into it and told Lee she'd do it for him as a favor? Maybe she told him she didn't need a watch? I dunno, it just seems like Paula, Giada, Bobby, they're being unfairly judged, I think.

At 6/13/2008 10:52 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I think this Schrager fella got wind that he might have to grease
Princess Giada because that is how it works sometimes.

Do you think he just pulled the thought of a watch out of his ass to sweeten the offer ?

I'll say it again. This woman is starting to really think she is something. It's one thing to rise to the top when you come form humble beginnings, but Princess Giada has been a sponsored child all her life and thinks she is alot better than she actually is.

Turning into a pimp affair.
Hey maybe she can cater my next function if I buy her a boat or something.

At 6/13/2008 3:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Smart Alec is being a douche-bag just because he's well... a douche-bag. None of us know (unless I'm missing something here, and I don't suppose that Smart Alec would be so biting if he did indeed know them and like them) Lee or Giada or what their friendship is so blanket judgements are just unfair. You can judge her food, her show. That stuff is fair game I think. But not her as person unless she's proven to be the person you say she is. Otherwise, blah blah blah...

At 6/13/2008 4:09 PM , Anonymous becstasy said...

Well I know how I'll be planning my next birthday party! ;)

At 6/16/2008 10:22 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Anonymous at 3.44 P.M : So I am douche bag ? Why ?

You blurted : (unless I'm missing something here, and I don't suppose that Smart Alec would be so biting if he did indeed know them and like them) Lee or Giada or what their friendship is so blanket judgements are just unfair."

Uh yeah. I think you missed the whole point you knucklehead.

Do you think good friends, or friends in general need to present lavish gifts in order for one to commit to ones event ? Gifts that may run $ 10,000 + ?

By the sounds of it, you might not have any friends, so I don't expect you to understand, but only people with superficial motives do shit like this. Give me break.

btw,I used to like her show until she turned into " I am the Future of Food" and her mouth grew 2 " across. Wonder how that happened ?

At 3/25/2010 11:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WHo cares if she smokes? I say it puts here in good company. Some of her fellow food stars smoke:
Giada De Laurentiis
Sandra Lee
Rachael Ray

Just to name a few. Man, do Giada De Laurentiis' people get mad when you mention her smoking. You see, it's "supposed" to be a secret. More teeth whiteners for miss De Laurentiis, please!

At 4/19/2010 6:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So that's why Giada stays so skinny. Yes, I should have known. I was skinny too, until I stopped smoking 10 years ago.

As far as Rachael Ray, she says she doesn't smoke anymore.
Paula Deen, from what I've heard, is hateful to her fans. Apparently, she doesn't have "time" to acknowledge them, unless she's being grouchy at them.
They say her cigarettes are more important to her than the people that put her where she is.

At 9/21/2011 4:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I'm sad I read any of this junk. I was happily ignorant.


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