Iron Chef Bobby Flay and the Sneeze Guard Heiress

21 09 2011

This afternoon Barbara and I went to the Westfield Annapolis Mall in Annapolis, MD for a booksigning by Iron Chef and author Bobby Flay at the Williams-Sonoma store. You can learn more about Bobby Flay here.

I have watched every season of the Next Food Network Star, so it was fun to meet one of the judges/hosts in person. Unlike a few well-prepared line-waiters, we did not bring a folding chair. That would have come in so handy. We did get a chance to sample several things from the cookbook—Williams-Sonoma salespeople brought around samples of a pumpkin soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, chives and cranberry-maple creme fraiche (delicious!), a red velvet cupcake (good!), hot potato chips with blue cheese sauce (yum!), and apple chopped salad with toasted walnuts, blue cheese and pomegranate vinaigrette (really, really tasty!).

We stood in line beginning about 1:00 p.m. until we finally got into the store to meet him and have him sign our copies of his latest book, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. How’s that for perseverance? The last image I shot was time stamped 15:34:36, so we waited exactly 2 hours, 34 minutes and 36 seconds to get the photo of Barbara and Bobby below! Barbara did get a chance to mention to Bobby that she is a Sneeze Guard Heiress (to learn more about that story, click here). Barbara had him sign my book as well, but I had to get the shots! At last count, there were more than 200 copies sold when we made our way through the chain in the store. (Jeff Evans—you would be happy to know that Bobby shares your love of black and white Converse sneakers. He be stylin’!) Check out Barbara’s blog, Kelley Hospitality, here.

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7 responses

22 09 2011
Jeff Evans

Very Cool! He always comes off very well on TV and I’d like to meet him sometime.

22 09 2011
barbaragarneaukelley

Cindy, thank you for coming with me to photograph a dream come true for me — meeting Bobby Fla!. I am already planning what I am going to cook from his new book!

22 09 2011
Molly C. Corum

Waiting was worth it!!!!! What a fun day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MCC

22 09 2011
Judy Schefcick Martin

So happy you had a excellent experience. As I said to Bkelley, I’m looking forward to the pumpkin soup.

22 09 2011
ceciliag

Hi, i just popped in and loved your great descriptions of what they fed you while you waited.. and meeting a celeb! c

23 09 2011
Melanie

Hi Cindy – I’m Barbara’s friend Melanie from down the street. I just wanted to tell you I always love your photos! You actually photographed four of my kids a few years ago at Barbara’s house for your big fall photo-shoot day. But I also love the ones you did for Babs’s brochure – just gorgeous. Of course, it helps to have a pretty subject to start with.

You’re a trooper to have gone and stood all this time!

~Melanie

25 09 2011
cindydyer

Hi Melanie! Thanks for the comment about all my photos. Your kids were a joy to photograph and we got some great results. And yes, I agree—-it’s impossible to get a bad photo of Babs!

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