I had a serious “Huh?” moment when I was perusing the EatRight.org (American Dietetic Association) website and health-food-shunning foodie Anthony Bourdain flashed up on the screen. I rubbed my eyes and was convinced that I must have clicked on an ad for No Reservations – but alas, I was still on the ADA website. Here’s the screenshot that wow-ed me…
Again, “Huh?!” Tony and Dietitians are like Tigers and Bunnies. Salt and Sugar. Fire and Ice. Dairy and Soymilk. Alice Waters and Garden Haters. Polar opposites.
The Newsflash: Tony Bourdain will be a speaker at the 2010 ADA Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston Massachusetts this coming November.
..Isn’t this the same guy who gladly chomps down on greasy street food like it’s candy on Halloween? Isn’t this the same guy who flamboyantly bashes little ‘ol Alice Waters and her veggie garden frolicking bliss? Isn’t this the same guy who blurted out this now famous Bourdain quote:
“As a chef, I’m not your dietitian or your ethicist. I’m in the pleasure business . . . My responsibility is to give you the most delicious tomato that I can afford, given the circumstances, and maybe increase the likelihood that you get laid after dinner.” -Tony Bourdain
…OK, sometimes Tony acknowledges that he ‘gets it’..:
” …I’m a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we’re eating is killing us. But I don’t know if it’s time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald’s. My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we’ve chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I’m really divided on that issue.” -Tony Bourdain
How did the ADA do it? How did they get Tony to walk right into the lion’s den of healthy-eaters? Will the RD’s cheer, boo, pelt tomatoes at him?
How did they get Tony to cross over to the other side? Pass back over his gluttonous river of fried foods, street food and ungodly animal parts and into the light of the angelic, food-pyramid-toting dietitians? That must be a nice speaker fee he will be pocketing.
OK, I kid. I think it’s actually quite refreshing that Tony will be speaking at the ADA conference. Perhaps this means he has seen the light. Maybe he is ready to set a healthy happy example for his fans out there. Or maybe he just can’t say no to a trip to Boston.. I’m sure he loves a good bowl of Clam chow-da…
Tony’s talk will be called How to Stop Worrying and Enjoy Globalization
Tuesday, November 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
…so it’s just an hour and a half out of Tony’s day. Good luck Tony. Dietitians can be wonderfully fierce. I really hope they don’t throw tomatoes at you. haha.
Full Disclosure: I heart Tony Bourdain. My Yelp.com profile slogan used to be “a vegan who likes Bourdain.” Obviously our theories about food vary greatly – but I still love the guy, his books, his stories, his character and most of all, his honesty. So no Tony bashing from me…
More Conference Info: http://www.eatright.org/FNCE/content.aspx?id=67
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
Location: Boston, MA
Start Date: November 6, 2010 @ 8:00 AM
End Date: November 9, 2010 @ 5:00 PM
Contact: FNCE Staff
Register Online: http://www.eatright.org/fnce/