Now You’re Cooking!

by Marinka on December 14, 2009

Last week I was invited to attend a special cooking event with Dave Lieberman, who is also one of People’s 50 Hottest Bachelors and is known, among people with eyes, as the Culinary Cutie. The event was sponsored by Del Monte and Dave was going to show us how to cook with Del Monte products and look absolutely adorable. I was so there.

Photo by Bobby Marro Photography.  Because I left my camera at home.

Photo by Bobby Marro Photography. Because I left my camera at home.

I get to the event and it’s the typical thing– everyone is already best friends with everyone else there and are chatting merrily to each other and I am standing there clutching my glass of wine with both hands and am trying to fashion my facial expression into a calm “I feel completely comfortable standing here all by myself and it never occurred to me that everyone else is talking about me and laughing.” And while I’m posing, I sort of survey the room, and I immediately locate Dave Lieberman, because believe me, there were not too many other contenders for the Culinary Cutie title there.

And then this angel from heaven approaches me and starts to chat. “Hi,” she says, smiling at me, “Can you fill me in on this thing, I just got invited a few hours ago.”
And I, feeling totally expert, start to share my wisdom.
“Well, at three o’clock,” I begin.
And she says, “Three?” Because by this time it’s after 7.
“Yes, three,” I say. Clearly, I am dealing with an amateur. An amateur who is very lucky to have found me. “Like twelve o’clock is straight ahead, and three o’clock is to the right,” I motion with my eyelash to the location of the Culinary Cutie. “So, at three o’clock is Dave. Dave is a chef.”
I keep enlightening her until stops me to say that she knows who Dave is because she is his publicist. Alrighty! But she was lovely and fun and if I hadn’t been in an already committed publicist-publicee relationship, I totally would have snatched her up.

And then Dave cooked some stuff, like a spinach dip, which consisted of opening a can of spinach and a vat of room temperature cream cheese and some chives or something. It may have had other ingredients, too, but personally, I lost consciousness when I heard “spinach in a can”. When I came to, I was admiring delicious looking pinkish cupcakes, which for some reason were positioned dangerously close to a can of beets. “Hey, do these cupcakes have beets in them?” I asked the Culinary Cutie. And he said that they sure do and offered me one. So, here’s the thing. It was delicious. But it had beets. As an American citizen, I’m sure that you could see my dilemma.
“So, how much sugar do you need to use to kill the taste of the beets?” I asked.
“Beets are naturally sweet, you know,” the Culinary Cutie said. “And by the way, I love you.” That may not be a direct quote.

You remember that the photos are by Bobby Marro Photography, right?

You remember that the photos are by Bobby Marro Photography, right?

Full disclosure! I got a copy of Dave’s recipe book, The 10 Things You Need to Eat, which is coming out in January. I meant to tell his publicist that it would probably be better if it came out in December, in time for the holiday season, but I didn’t want to intimidate her with my Mad Marketing Skillz.

I’m enjoying the book, except I think that I got a defective copy of the book because it doesn’t list Haagen Dasz as one of the 10 things that I need to eat. But maybe it’s implied? I mean, it also doesn’t say that I need to breathe in oxygen, but I’m totally doing that.
You have to take these books with a grain of salt, you know.

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Denise December 14, 2009 at 1:46 am

Not feeling the culinary cutie (insert Sam Talbot from Top Chef), but I heard about those chocolate beet cupcakes. Could you send me that recipe please?


Sorry For The Convenience
December 14, 2009 at 4:10 am

Well, I still think we should only use the words “beets” and “cupcakes” in the same sentence when the context is, “When it comes to tasty single-serve desserts with frosting, nothing beets cupcakes.” Or something like that.


Sophie December 14, 2009 at 6:29 am

Okay, I admit he looks pretty yummy, just remove the beets (Which I love, with vinegar and salt and food. Not with dessert).


December 14, 2009 at 7:22 am

So funny. But I am fascinated with the idea of using beets. But spinach in a can????? Come on. Yuck. EVERYONE knows if you can’t use fresh use frozen. Everyone I know uses frozen from things like that. Gah. You should have given him an education. But then Del Monte may have put a hit out on you.


Maureen@IslandRoar December 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

Wow, are we gonna see you on a commercial for DelMonte peaches next?? One can only hope.
Yeah, not feeling the beets. WHY? Why would someone do a thing like that? Corn is naturally sweet and you don’t see someone turning it into a cupcake and icing it. Not yet anyway…


Heather, Queen of Shake Shake December 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm

So these beet cupcakes? Are they in the frosting and that’s where they get the pink color? I’ve been looking high and low [which means at Target (the low) and Fresh Market (the high)] for colored icing using natural ingredients.

And please tell me these cupcakes are low fat since they have, uh, BEETS in them.


foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) December 14, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Is salt listed as one of the 10 things that cutie thinks we should eat? Because I like mine on those delicious salt-encrusted Frito chips. Fritos should probably be in the top 3 of things we should eat. Beets shouldn’t even be a contender. They are of the devil.


fosterhood December 14, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I think Culinary Cutie needs to meet a hip foster mother…. 😉


Jeanne December 14, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I’ve heard of beet sugar, but I’ve never been able to figure out where they hide it.


December 15, 2009 at 9:53 am

Forget the Culinary Cutie. I am more attracted to his warm, earth-tones, yet-modern kitchen.


magpie December 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm

why did the publicist need to be filled in?

and those cupcakes look like there are shards of beet in the icing. yuck.


susan December 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm

mad marketing skillz….you truly are genius. and laughed out loud on the hagen dasz thing. so true.


jessica December 16, 2009 at 1:21 am

Um…ah..hello?!!! single here! Loves cupcakes and culinary cuties, top of her list!!! No introduction? No, Jess, come to NYC quickly your future husband awaits you?


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