Amanda Cohen on the Restaurant World

I’m not normally the kind of blogger who links to lots of little articles throughout the day, but this piece by Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy is too good not to share. In it, she skewers the fanfare around the 15-year old chef (I’ve been skeptical from the get-go) and goes on to address how show biz and razzmatazz in the food world are distracting us from the reality that few chefs are brave enough to admit: at the end of the day, it’s just food.

A Birder’s Guide To Everything

You all know Rob Meyer as my friend who helped paint my kitchen orange in New York, but did you know that he’s also a movie director? And that the movie that he directed and co-wrote with our Oscar-winning friend Luke Matheny is coming out THIS FRIDAY? It’s called A Birder’s Guide To Everything and I was lucky enough to see it when it premiered at the TriBeCa film festival last year. The movie tracks a group of young birders as they hunt down the very rare, very extinct Labrador Duck. It’s also a heartfelt story about a boy who’s dealing with the loss of his mother and his dad’s impending marriage to another woman. It’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s opening THIS FRIDAY in select theaters and On Demand. That’s right, you can watch it at home! Or come watch it with us: we’ll be at the screening at the Sundance Cinemas this Friday at 7:45 where Luke will be conducting a Q&A afterwards. If you’re nice, you can have some of my popcorn.

Our Skeleton Twins Sundance Adventure

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When I first laid eyes on Craig, it was in the spring of 2006 at Joe on Waverly and he was with a guy slightly shorter than him working on a screenplay. I didn’t know they were working on a screenplay; mostly, I wondered if they were a couple or just friends. When Craig went to get water, we made eye contact. A few weeks later, totally randomly, he looked at my Friendster profile (remember Friendster?) and I sent him an e-mail. We went on a date. And another date. And now we’ve been together for almost eight years. And that screenplay he was working on with his friend (who turned out to be Mark Heyman who’d later go on to write Black Swan and to marry my good friend Diana)? It became a movie–The Skeleton Twins–that just premiered to wild acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Sundance Here We Come!

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That’s a picture of Craig finding out what was just officially announced: his movie The Skeleton Twins (which he co-wrote with our friend Mark Heyman and which stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) is going to premiere in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival! Needless to say, we’re over-the-moon excited about this; it was a journey seven years in the making. Now we’ve just gotta find some heavy coats and snow boots, it’s gonna be cold in Utah in January. Congrats to him and all of the talented people who worked on this movie. I can’t wait for all of you to see it.

Something Happened At Rustic Canyon

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On Thursday night, we were supposed to go to dinner with Craig’s former boss and the boss’s wife. A work dinner, so to speak. “7:30 at Pizzeria Mozza,” said Craig, earlier in the day.

Then, as 7:30 rolled around, Craig pulled me aside. “I told a white lie,” he said. “We’re not going out with (name redacted) and (name redacted). I’m taking you to Rustic Canyon.”

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The Real Reason We’re In New York

It just got announced on Variety.com so I can finally reveal that Craig is about to direct a movie starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader called “The Skeleton Twins.” It’s a script that Craig co-wrote with our good friend Mark (ya know, the one who’s always on my blog) and shooting begins at the end of the month. Obviously, this was the hardest secret to keep in the world (Kristen Wiig! Bill Hader!) and I couldn’t be more excited for Craig. Now you get to be excited too. Phew!

Food is the New Rock

I had a blast with my friend Zach Brooks and his co-host Chuck P. last week on their podcast, “Food is the New Rock.” (Click those words to go to the podcast.) We talk about my 5th grade performance in “Cats,” my job at Food Network, Giada’s accent, and my classic series Great Moments in Musical Theater Featuring Eggs (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)