Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy 25th D'Artagnan!

Last night I attended the 25th Anniversary Party for D'Artagnan, one of the great purveyors of what everyone used to "gourmet" food products but now, thanks to the bastardization of the word by everyone from your high school cafeteria to General Foods and the relative ubiquity of many of the products introduced by its founder Ariane Daugin,  is only called "gourmet food" when no other moniker comes to mind. The party was held at Gustavino's on 59th Street in what was originally a market-space under Manhattan side of the Queensboro Bridge. I think it was the largest party I've ever been to (unless I count partying at rock festivals) and it was elbow to elbow with something like 1500 fellow gastro-freaks all night long. In fact, it was so crowded that at times is was difficult to see where I was going. Thank goodness there was plenty of great wine to keep me focused during my sojourn.

About everyone you would expect to be there was there, Bourdain, Ming Tsai, Gael Green, Daniel Boloud and lots of people who looked familiar but whose names did not present to my conscious mind. So it was great fun and I'm very thankful to D'Artagnan's publicist  Lily Hodge for inviting me and more than a little amazed how glamorous and strange food world has changed since I decided to chuck micropaleontology for gastronomy.





4 comments:

Natalie Sztern said...

We've taken to hob-nobbing with the elite have we? See, even you Bob, can be bought with a party, good food, flowing booze and celebrity

Glad you had a good time and great fun: it does sound a tad exciting...okay a whole lot exciting...

I know you aren't the kind to kiss and tell but c'mon let's get some good gossip going

Bob del Grosso said...

Okay, Tony Bourdain was wearing what looked like a Brioni suit -absolutely beautiful. That's about as gossipy as I'm going to get.

Tags said...

Must be a bunch of food elitists there - not a pizza cone in the bunch.

Natalie Sztern said...

Now That Sounds Tasty...:)