The Bourdain buzz

Hot ticket: Tickets to see Anthony Bourdain speak at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium are on sale now. Photo courtesy of AC Entertainment

If you follow the Asheville food scene, you've heard the Bourdain buzz. Mr. Kitchen Confidential himself, chef, author and restaurateur Anthony Bourdain, is headed to Asheville in November to appear at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium for No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain.

The press release from Bourdain's marketing company tells us that the evening includes a "lecture" from the chef, which sounds awfully stern for a guy that sometimes earns a living getting rip-roaring drunk in far-flung regions of the world. A question and answer session with the audience will follow.

Tickets went on sale this month and were still available at press time. VIP packages are now being offered, which include the following:

• Post-show meet and greet and book signing with Bourdain.
• Premium seating for Bourdain's show at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
• Access to a private VIP after-party at Cúrate tapas bar on Biltmore Avenue featuring wine and beer (and a cash liquor bar).

More details will be emailed to ticket-holders when VIP passes are purchased through Ticketmaster ( or 800-745-3000). Ticket prices range from $40 to $250 (that would be your VIP pass).

According to AC Entertainment, the event’s promoter, the VIP tickets typically go fast.

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