Friday, July 10

My Delicious Day With Julie & Julia

OK, I'm gonna come right out and say it. I like the taste of celebrity. Hobnobbing with Julie & Julia author, Julie Powell, and Executive Chef Brian Malarkey, of Top Chef fame, yesterday in Hollywood was amazing.

chatting with Julie & Julia author, Julie Powell
Julie & Julia author, Julie Powell.

I was invited to an exclusive event hosted by Columbia Pictures for the upcoming film Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. (Yes, the same two talented actresses from the 2008 film Doubt.)

After meeting at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, we were escorted to the Hollywood Arc Light Cinemas for a private screening of the film. Then we attended a cooking demo hosted by Brian Malarkey of San Diego's The Oceanaire Seafood Room. I know you remember him from season 3 of Top Chef. He was the one with the cute hat, affable personality, and sublime dishes. Yesterday, he whipped up Julia Child's 2 1/2 hour-long-boeuf bourguignon in about 8 minutes, while he chatting amiably with Julie Powell. What can I say? The guy has serious skills.

brian malarkey
Chef Brian Malarkey makes Julia Child proud as he prepares her famous boeuf bourguignon.

We also met the film's food stylist, Susan Spugen, who shared some food styling secrets and insider tips with us. And for you food bloggers out there, don't worry if your food looks a little messy; Susan says, "messy is the new black" in food photography. So go ahead, and toss some crumbs on the plate.

susan spugen, Julie & Julia food stylist
Food stylist, Susan Spugen, melts cheese with an electric paint dryer. Yup. That's how it's done.

The day ended with Julie Powell and actor, Chris Messina, discussing their experience with the film. Writer/director Nora Ephron wrote the screenplay, which is based on Julie's book Julie & Julia. Julie said she acted as a consultant on the film, and was thrilled that "beautiful, petite, red-headed, Oscar-nominated Amy Adams" was portraying her.


Julie & Julia actor, Chris Messina
Actor, Chris Messina. He's even cuter in person, ladies.

Chris Messina, who was surprisingly approachable, self-deprecating, (and cute!), offered interesting insight into filmmaking and acting and said that he was humbled to work alongside such respected actors as Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Adams. He also shared how he prepared for the numerous eating scenes in the movie: he would starve himself all day, so he'd be ravenous by the time of the shoot. Of course, even starving didn't help the day he had to eat 36 bruschettas in a row.

I have a lot more to share with you about the film and my experience. Look for it in an upcoming post. In the meantime, check out my updates about the event on Twitter @foodblogga.

me and billy riggins!

And to top the day off, while in Hollywood, I spotted the adorable and delightful Derek Phillips, who plays Billy Riggins on Friday Night Lights (The best drama on TV). I became so giddy that I didn't even notice the departure of my entire group, that is, except for oh-so-sweet Nicole of Baking Bites, who hung around to take our pic. Thanks, Nicole!

If you haven't seen Friday Night Lights, do yourself a favor. Go buy the first three seasons. Come home, grill some burgers, open up a couple of cold beers, and start watching. Then thank me in the morning.

48 comments:

Kara said...

You are SO RIGHT about FNL!!! BEST show on TV - hands down. I was jealous enough reading about your Julie & Julia experience but then "Billy Riggins"!?!? What a day... what a day.

Sippity Sup said...

Looks like a great day. How did you get invited to this? I work in showbiz and go to opening a lot, but I was actively campaigning to go to an advance of this and never heard a word a bout it. Please share your technique! GREG

Anonymous said...

You lucky person, looks like a lot of fun.

Christie Stump said...

My husband and I are OBSESSED with FNL! Love the pic of you and Billy Riggins...too bad Tim wasn't around too! :)

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

You're obviously the cutest one in all of these pics! :)

Lynda said...

What a fun time!You were so lucky to have this fun day!

Snooky doodle said...

wow lucky you! fantastic!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

Wow, what a great opportunity to meet so many great folks! Did you like the movie?

Patsyk said...

I can't wait to read about the rest of your trip! Sounds like it was very exciting AND informative!

The Food Librarian said...

What a fantastic day! You are so lucky! Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to see the film. I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it.

A Cozy Kitchen said...

Seeing your comments about FNL made my day. I like it when people love that show the way I do. It's hands down the best written tv show out there right now. Billy's all good...but Tim would've been even better!

Oh and Julie and Julia looks great! Can't wait to see it!

redmenace said...

How fun! Where's my invite?!

Grace said...

i second a cozy kitchen's comment--i'm pathetically obsessed with taylor kitsch (and fnl in general)! what a terrific experience the whole shindig surely was!

Sig said...

Wow! You are so lucky and I am unbelievably jealous :) So how did you like the movie? I can't wait to see it!! Yeah, we common folks have to wait till it hits the theatres.. [Sulk..]

Anali said...

I was getting ready to write the exact thing as Sig above me. Well, I will actually. Wow! You are soooo lucky and I'm soooo jealous!!

I cannot wait to see this movie! I loved the book. And that is a great picture of you by the way. Love that top!

Sage Trifle said...

I'm very happy for your great day. You made it sound perfect. You have worked hard to get to this point and I have enjoyed your work for at least a couple of years. I've heard you on NPR and I love your blog. I'm really looking forward to this movie!

The Italian Dish said...

I've been following you about this on Twitter. Sounds like so much fun. Thanks for all the great photos. Can't wait to see the movie.

THE ACTORS DIET said...

oooh! hope the movie plays at the arclight when it comes out. love that theater!

Manggy said...

Awesome, thanks for sharing. I sure hope the movie is good. I'm game for Streep and Tucci.

Peter M said...

Susan, sounds like a wonderful evening and from your photo here, you're glowing...great shot!

thecookieshopinenglish said...

How exciting! Looks like it was a lot of fun! I'm even more curious about the movie, now.

tastyeatsathome said...

How freaking cool is this? Sounds like you had a great time!

Nicisme said...

How wonderful! And you look fabulous darling - really suited to the high life!

Soma said...

Lucky you! I have to say that you are real real pretty:-)

sliceofsueshe said...

oh my goodness, i am so jealous! you got to meet one of the riggins boys!!! i would've been doubly jealous if it had been mr kitsch!
ok, and you got to attend an awesome event. ;-)

Kalyn said...

How fun! I love reading about your impressions of the experience. Also, great photo of you (with some guy I've never heard of who's on a TV show I've also never hard of! Obviously I need to get out more!) I did recognize you though!

Cynthia said...

I was reading and smiling all the while. So happy that you got this experience and thanks for sharing it with us. Can't wait to see and read more!

sunita said...

Wow Susan! What a fantastic day you've had. Thanks for sharing the experience. And you really look lovely in the picture :-)

anja meyer said...

susan, you look lovely!you should be on the show:-)

Jude said...

You look great! Sounds like a fun day. Will you be making a cameo? :)

SteamyKitchen said...

Hey girl - you look fantastic! Wish I coulda been there!

hot garlic said...

You look so cute! You totally fit in in this crowd. What an awesome opportunity, it sounds incredible and I'm so jealous!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

kara-I KNOW! I love that show!

sippitysup-They contacted me!

anonymous-It was fun!

christie-My husband loves the show too, but not how I gush about the Riggins' boys. And Coach. ;)

sara-Aww, you're so sweet.

lynda-I was lucky!

snooky-I had a great time.

michelle-Yes, I did like it. I'll post about the movie soon.

foodlibrarian-I think you'll enjoy it.

cozy-Yeah, I have a serious Tim crush too.

redmenace-:)

grace-Join the crowd. :)

sig-I thought it was delightful. I'll be posting on it soon.

anali-Thanks so much! It was a present from my mom.

patsyk-It really an all-around great day.

sage trifle-That is such a kind and thoughtful comment. Thank you.

italian dish-You're so welcome! It was a fantastic day!

actorsdiet-That theater was fabulous!

mark-Meryl Streep is superb.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

peter-Aw, you're making me blush. :)

cookieshop-Hope you see it! I'll be posting on it soon.

tasteyeats-It is pretty freakin cool. ;)

nic-I so appreciate that!

soma-Oh, that is terribly kind of you to say. Thanks.

sliceofsueshe-I know! I think I would have fainted! ;)

kalyn-Go buy seasons 1-3 of FNL right now!

cynthia-I'm sure the movie is going to be a big hit, especially with food bloggers.

sunita-I'm glad you liked it. And many thanks for the sweet words.

anja-Maybe you should be my agent. ;)

jude-I wish. :)

jaden-I wish you could have too!

hotgarlic-Aw, that's so sweet to say. Thanks!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Susan you look gorgeous, and your smile shows what a fantastic day you had! What a nice experience you had, please share more! I can't wait to see the movie.

heidileon said...

It does sound like a delicious day to me too!.

Anonymous said...

You looked great, the movie sounds great, and FNL is by far THE BEST tv show I've watched in a long time. Those Riggins boys are pretty delicious too!

Abby said...

I told you on Flickr already, but I LOVE FNL.

What a fun day! I'm so jealous.

Elle said...

You look adorable with Derek! What a fantastic day, too. Sounds like a great film...MS as Julia Childs should be amazing, too :)

Lickedspoon said...

What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing it. I'd love to hear more about Susan Spungen's tips as I've long admired her work. I've been longing for this film to come out ever since I heard it was in production, and now it's finally here. Well, almost, I'm in the UK so I'll have to wait a little longer...

Kim (@ Paper Apron) said...

You seem like the nicest person and I'm so happy such cool things are happening in your life. I know this was a blast! This movie has us all so energized. Our blogging community is really coming together over this. I bet we'll be lining up outside theaters all over the country on Aug. 7th. BTW- You do look beautiful in your photo op! :)

Diana said...

You are so cute! That's fun you got a picture with Riggins. I love Friday Night Lights too. It's one of the few TV shows that gives a realistic portrayal of marriage and family life. Anyway, glad you had such a great opportunity.

joe@italyville said...

Looks like a fun day Susan. Great photos!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

maire-Oh, that's awfully sweet of you. Thanks. I will be sharing more soon. Promise!

heidi-It was!

anonymous-Oh, thank you! Yeah, I'll take a dollop of those Riggins boys any day. ;)

abby-It's such a great show.

elle-Thanks! I was so excited! MS is fabulous as JC. I think you'll agree.

lickedspoon-I will be sharing more about Susan next week, so stay tuned! :)

kim-Thank you so much for that thoughtful comment. I truly appreciate it. I'm sure that bloggers will be flocking to the movie!

diana-Oh, thank you! Isn't the marriage between Coach and Tammy just amazing? The actors and the writers are brilliant.

joe-Grazie!

veron said...

Oh susan you are so lucky to have gone. Can't wait for the movie to come out!

gratinee said...

What a fantastic day! How lucky for you. Can't wait for the movie.

Bellini Valli said...

What an exciting experience Susan!!!

Lori Lynn said...

How cool for you Susan! Of course it had to be fabulous! YAY!
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