A.G. Newsletter #4: The James Beard Awards' Chef's Night Out

A.G. Newsletter #4: Diana's Bachelorette Party, Spaghetti Carbonara & The James Beard Awards

Hey Readers,

Once upon a time, I moved to New York to study playwriting at NYU's Tisch School of Dramatic Writing. I stepped off the elevator and standing there was a sweet-looking, fresh-faced young lass named Diana Fithian. We chatted for a bit, went to the Orientation and then--because we'd clicked so instantly--went for coffee. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now Diana is such a regular presence on my blog, she has her own tag. And this weekend Diana got married. And she didn't just marry anyone; she married Craig's bestest friend from NYU film school, Mark. So to recap: my best friend from playwriting school married Craig's best friend from film school. We introduced them. Needless to say, we were verklempt. (Plus, Craig officiated the ceremony which was extra verklempt-ing.)

A few nights before the wedding, some of Diana's closest friends (myself included) threw her a bachelorette party. The following images may not be SAFE FOR WORK or for small children or innocent, Disney animals. Please avert their eyes!

For starters, we bought penis straws. Here's Greg (Diana's good friend from college), Patty & Lauren drinking from theirs:

What were we drinking? Patty whipped up a whole pitcher of Cosmos (thanks, by the way, for all your input.) The Cosmos had, in case you were wondering, vodka, triple-sec and cranberry juice. Plus lime. They were tasty (and dangerous).

The most scandalous part of the evening came when we made Diana suck the cream out of a cannoli with her hands behind her back (again, children, avert your eyes!)

The cannolis were from Rocco's on Bleecker and despite the perverted use we put them to, were pretty delicious.

The night ended at Diana's favorite bar in all of New York (and mine too) Marie's Crisis. If you like show tunes and merriment, that's the place you should go. Diana knew all the words to "Why Can't A Woman Be More Like A Man?" from "My Fair Lady" and the bar serenaded her with "Not Getting Married Today" from "Company," which I know Diana appreciated. It was a bachelorette party for the ages.

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The night before the bachelorette party, Craig was hungry and I was lazy. We tried to go to Keste on Bleecker for pizza, but the line was too long. I remembered I had bacon, eggs, Parmesan and parsley in the fridge and decided to whip up one of the easiest and most rewarding dinners I know: Spaghetti Carbonara.

I had the whole thing ready in 30 minutes. If you're inspired to try it, all the step-by-step directions can be found in my post Spaghetti Carbonara for Beginners. It's definitely a recipe worth knowing by heart.

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Finally, if you haven't checked my blog yet today, I revealed some pretty incredible news: I was a judge for this year's James Beard Awards. See the full post here, plus pictures of the party I went to last night for all the nominees and winners.

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Ok, gang, hope you enjoyed this slightly perverted dispatch. This week we're definitely taking it easy, so until next time, enjoy your Spaghetti Carbonara and if you eat a cannoli afterwards, please do so with dignity.

Sincerely yours,
Adam (The Amateur Gourmet)

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