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    Meeting Rick Bayless

    For Christmas I purchased my wife tickets to Cascabel http://lookingglasstheatre.org/conte...ffice/cascabel since the moment it was announced she thought it would be awesome. I on the other hand was quite skeptical but she's awesome so I didn't mind getting her the tickets. Long story short, the show was nothing short of spectacular, I wish all theater was like Cascabel. Rick Bayless was cooking on stage the entire show as the house cook, which sent amazing smells throughout the audience as the story progressed. The entire show was funny, sexy and even had some cirque du soleil acrobatics.

    The audience ate with the cast as they progressed through the dinner during the show, for example we started with ceviche and popcorn, then for an entree we had filet in an amazing mole sauce with tamales and for desert a double chocolate cake with blood orange icing. After the show Rick Bayless hung out in the lobby making sure to take photos and interact with all of the guests, which I thought was a really class act.

    During the show I noticed he was using what looked like a Kramer chef's knife to dice up onion and cilantro and decided to ask him if he in fact did use a Kramer. My wife and I shook hands with Chef Bayless and took a crappy cell phone picture since no photography was allowed in the show so we did not bring our camera. I asked him after the picture if he was using a Kramer Chef's knife during the show and he told me it was a Shun Kramer and that I was the first person to ask him about his knives. I could tell he wanted to keep talking about the knives but there was a large line waiting to meet the Chef so I kept it quite short.

    At the end of the day, Chef Bayless has executed an amazing concept to his high standards and his warm personality really made the night complete. He blew my wife's and my expectations out of the water when it comes to dinner theater and hope he decides to do something like this again since this showing is only for 4 weeks.



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    Sounds like a great time. He has quite a love of the food he cooks. I have spent a lot of time in Baja.

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    Very cool Pete,

    I looked into getting some tix, but couldn't find any for available nights. I am a big Rick Bayless fan though and it seems such a cool mix of adding the senses of smell and taste to the theatre experience. Glad you and your wife could enjoy it.

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    Im glad you had a good experiance with him. He once visted the place i used to work in chicago.

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    If there's a cool food related event happening within driving distance of Chicago, you can bet that Peter and his wife will be there.

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    Great story, I've always appreciated Mr. Bayless and his dedication and excecution of the craft. You're extremely lucky to live in a city with so many great chefs/restaurants.

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    Sounds like a great time!

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    Very nice indeed, glad you had a good time. My wife just yesterday was talking about Bayless and going to one of his restaurants again. Now I really want to go.

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    Very cool. He came to our table when I was at Frontera Grill a few years ago, so that was pretty sweet...seemed like such a laid back, genuinely nice guy.

    *side note to Pete - I noticed you mentioned thinking of getting a single-bevel...I just ordered a yanagi from JCK about 5 minutes ago, finally my first single-bevel purchase. Step your game up and get with it man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cadillac J View Post
    Very cool. He came to our table when I was at Frontera Grill a few years ago, so that was pretty sweet...seemed like such a laid back, genuinely nice guy.

    *side note to Pete - I noticed you mentioned thinking of getting a single-bevel...I just ordered a yanagi from JCK about 5 minutes ago, finally my first single-bevel purchase. Step your game up and get with it man!
    Funny you should mention that Jarrod, I actually ordered one from Jon at JKI. I ordered a Yoshihiro 270mm White #2 yanagiba.
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