Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Food Network Calling

I got an email today. Yeah, I know, I get about a hundred emails a day, but this one was special.

This email came from The Food Network and it wasn't a mass email advertising the latest season of The Next Food Network Star. It was a personal email and it even began: Hi Denise.

So the question that begs to be answered is why on earth is The Food Network is emailing me?

I have several theories. The first is because of the multiple times I have bandied Tyler Florence's name around on my blog.

{Helloooo, Stranger.}

Maybe they've decided to resurrect Tyler's old show Food 911 and he's coming to my house to cook with me. Could I actually survive the filming? I might have to get one of those crystal deodorants to make sure I don't get all stinky while he's here. We all know heat and nerves don't work out so well together.

Not to worry, no need to find any crystals. It's not about Tyler.

Maybe it's about my now World Famous Crack Bars.

{Hello, stranger.}

This seems so likely. But what they be interested in? If they put me on one of those shows like Chopped where they give you a picnic basket full of secret ingredients and my basket contains marshmallows, butter and rice crispies then I'm golden. If they give me Cocoa Crispies... dare to dream. If they give me squid, edamame and parsnips--I'm done.

But that wasn't it either. And I never would have guessed what it was. EVER.

The Food Network has invited me to take part in a telephone press conference next Monday afternoon with the host of Food Network Challenge--

Keegan Gerhard.
{Hello... stranger.}

He's going to be hosting a special series of Food Network Challenges titled Last Cake Standing.
This will be a 4 week series that not only has pastry chefs competing to see who makes the best cakes but also eliminates chefs along the way. Totally cut throat. Totally cool.

This is like the perfect series for us. Julia and I have watched so much Ace of Cakes and other Food Network Challenge shows featuring cake decorating that Julia asked for fondant for Christmas. Seriously. It was on her list. And she got some. (What a great mom.)

So now I'm trying to figure out what in the world I'll ask Mr. Gerhard because I can't stick to boring questions like "What's your favorite cake flavor?" Please... No it will have to be something like "Surely, you've heard about my World Famous Crack Bars? No? What kind of chef are you?"

But while I'm thinking of questions, I'm going to play this for all it's worth. This is totally my first press conference and I'm going to bask in it. I'll ask my sister-in-law Janne' if she wants me to pick up her kids from school next Monday afternoon and then stop myself and say "I'm sooo sorry! I completely forgot! I've got a press conference to attend!" I'll make an appointment with the dentist and say "My week is pretty open except for Monday afternoon. What's this? Oh yes, I have a press conference."

So stop in next Monday afternoon and I'll tell you all about-- oh wait, I totally forgot! I've got a press conference.

Now if I can just figure out what to wear...

28 comments:

Xazmin said...

That is sooo cool! Congratulations!!

Xazmin

Angel said...

Denise, this is wonderful! don't get tongue tied,lol I know you won't and I know you will know just what to say!
Have a ball on Monday..and get the scoop..I am a food network junkie as well but I like Bobby Flay...

Geeta said...

That's great! & for some reason, that post has created the most ridiculous desire in me for cake. chocolate. Chocolate AND cake. Oh where or where can I find that in India?!? I'm about to go on a hunt... have fun!

~~gail~~mooselovingmamabear said...

That is crazy "kewl".... Do you need a suitcase carrier? I'm available... I can be your very own "personal assistant".... :-) Big congrats!

The Johnson 5 said...

That sounds like SO MUCH FUN!! Keep us posted!!

And remember you could do the "press conference" in your birthday suit :) hey now that would be a good way to start the conversation, so Mr. cake man what are you wearing right now.
Me, nothing but my crack bar!

OK was that totally wrong??!

Sandy Toes said...

Okay...that is just totally exciting and amazing..way to go~

What are you going to wear???
sandy toe

Noah's Mommy said...

wow...super cool...I think I would choke...even on the phone...i'm so excited for you....stopping by from SITS...and love your blog...and showing you some clicky love....

Becky said...

Hi! Stopping by from Sits! I love the name of your blog. I have a book that I use to read to my kids all the time about this bunny that had a house spilling over with bunnies, but ALWAYS had room for one more, she was so filled with love. I love it!

Have a great day!

Kristin said...

Yay Denise! I can't wait to hear about how it goes!!

Beth said...

Oh Denise how cool...the question is..where will all the kids be when you are doing your Press Conference??

Lora said...

That is SO cool!
Visiting you from SITS--have a great day!

Christina said...

Love it! I'm a Food Network junkie myself. So jealous... but congrats! How exciting :-)

Brandy said...

Still jealous...

Still brainstorming...

Elizabeth said...

What an AWESOME opportunity!! Good luck :) I know you'll do great. Ask him how Tyler's doing?

SpaGirl Jenn said...

So very awesome!!!!!

Aspiemom said...

Very cool! I love those Challenge shows!

Kim said...

Very cool! Hey, Keegan is pretty cute! Nothing like sharing a little dessert together. Is he available? Maybe he read your prior posts on dating? :-)

Anita said...

Denise, it's so very cool! I know you will be fabulous, all cool, calm and collected!
I'm a food network junkie too...........it's addicting, like I need more reasons to eat!

Grand Pooba said...

Mmmm I thought the crack bars were a great reason!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

How cool! Congrats! I can't wait to hear more about...

(Too funny about Julia and the Christmas fondant!)

heathernkids said...

That is so great but I have to back track...
can't..
stop..
staring at the crack bar.
Where's the recipe???!

Margaret M said...

Have a Fabulous time at your press conference! So cool!!!!

Kristy said...

DENISE!!!! That is so cool! And that is another thing we have in common. When I grow up I want to be DUFF!!!! My 4 year old neice says all the time that she is going to be "Ace of Cakes"!!! How many people can say that they can sit and watch Food Network with their 4 year old neice????? And when we are watching it she nonetheless gives commentary!!! She has her own opinions and such. But really I love watching FN, I have actually learned alot of things. Last night at 1:30 am I learned from Good Eats how to brine pork...I didn't even know what brine meant!!! And during a commercial break I saw Last Cake Standing advertised and made a mental note to not miss it!! I am so excited for you and I can't wait till Monday!!!

Love, Kristy

Jill said...

TOTALLY SWEET!!! ON SO MANY LEVELS!
I am psyched for you. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Or as my teen would say, "That is BEAST!" (in English I am pretty sure that means good!)

I love it that you got fondant for Julia! Emma's birthday is coming up and she wants an ACE OF CAKES tee shirt! LOVE that show.

Guess what I am about to do...make some CRACK bars...we actually have not basked in the beauty of them for some time! The challenge? Making them last until the kids get home from school!!!

meggie (: said...

So my mom tells me that the weekend that is looking like the get together is going to be, I have dance nationals. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! How long have we been talking about meeting each other? I'm sure I am a tad more excited than my mom!(:

So I guess we'll just travel to you, sound good? I haven't informed my mom on this yet. haha (:

Mya said...

Enjoyed reading this..you're funny. :)

Kristen said...

Congrats again! Uh. You could wear chef Tyler :)

Pixeltrash said...

How fun is that????