Despite all of the hubbub, I received an email today from a really cool person who wanted to sow the seed for my trip to Orlando to cover the US competition for the Bocuse d'Or!
This sponsorship came from Zoe, a long-time Short North resident and supporter of all kinds of great things, along with Nancy Haitz, owner of the Cookware Sorcerer! (If you came to my June dinner, you might remember the super cool green chef coat I wore, which I bought from Nancy) and, if you ever see Husband opening wine with his fancy schmancy horn wine service, it also came from the Cookware Sorcerer! In addition to the $100 from Zoe & Nancy, I also received a $20 tip from a reader today, so that will also be in the "Bocuse d'Or Adventure Fund." I will be purchasing my trip as soon as I receive my debit card from PayPal, which should be any day now.
Note to readers: this is NOT a solicitation for money. This is an announcement that I am going and am excited. This is a public thank-you to someone who is helping me get to the event. Although, that chef coat did came from Chefwear, a sponsor of the Bocuse d'Or, and I wouldn't turn down a handout from them. A big company with lots of money who clothes chefs.
Please allow me to repeat: I am not asking you for money. I am using Hotwire to try to find a reasonable flight/hotel package and trying to be frugal.
I have emailed the press contact for the Bocuse d'Or and asked if they would be supplying any press passes to new media, so I am keeping my fingers crossed on that front.
It's funny, all the reaction to my original post. When I first received the press release about the Bocuse d'Or, I became really, really excited - what a great opportunity to represent the city of Columbus as we enter the national spotlight. I immediately knew I wanted to go and write about the event. How often do the residents of Cbus actually get a chance to see what their chefs are doing elsewhere? I thought it would be really cool if companies would pay to send me, since at this point I do not have advertising nor do I make money writing, and I was surprised by the harsh comments I received (and relieved by the nice retorts - some of you made me cry in a good way).
The mean comments took the wind out of my sails initially, but I stand behind my comments and do not think I am being self-centered or any of the other things mentioned in the comments. If I were interviewing for a job - say with a magazine or other legit press - to cover the story, I would certainly say "I'm the best person for the job." This website takes a lot of work but I love every single minute of it; I love to eat and write, but I'm not really writing this for myself, I write for all of the people who read - who want to eat, cook and shop in Columbus, who might want to move here, visit, get a job here, have an event, have some fun - whatever brings people to my site, I do it for all of you.
So, although I am calling this my adventure (at the suggestion of benefactor Zoe), it really isn't an adventure for me only. It's an adventure for all of us. I just happen to be able to take the time to go. So, I hope you will be entertained by the journey. I am really hoping to get access to Chef Rosendale as he and his commis Seth Warren prepare for the competition.
At this point, I have no idea what my free time will be like in Florida, but if you have any ideas of what I should do/eat/etc, please don't hesitate to suggest them. I will be there 4 days.