I looked forward to this for weeks, and finally — the date came — Good vs Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert in Grand Rapids. First off, I think it’s insanely cool that they came to Grand Rapids, especially when they also did a Detroit show the Friday before. The show started off with Anthony and Eric ripping on Gordon Ramsey and Guy Fieri. The audience loved it. Then, they took turns roasting each other, telling hilarious stories, such as when Ripert punched a Frenchman in the nose for being rude to the server at some hoity-toity Parisian restaurant.
The rest of show was pretty much what I expected: the two chefs sat on stage and discussed topics ranging from getting started in the industry, to the foie gras ban and sustainable farming, Paula Deen, and a bit about Bourdain’s history with drug use and how he’s changed since he had his daughter. On the way home, my husband asked me if I learned anything new about them from the show. The answer is no, not really. It seemed as though a lot of the material came from Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. Anthony also recounted some of the more memorable moments from the TV show No Reservations. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t really enjoy the evening — I absolutely loved it!
We got to town early and had dinner at Bistro Bella Vita. This was my first Grand Rapids restaurant experience, and I was really pleased. I wish we had places like it in Lansing, but it’s a lot of fun to make the road trip to GR for new places to eat!
Here are some photos of the night: