Tonight Anthony Bourdain stops at The Riverside in the midst of filming a Milwaukee/Madison episode for his Travel Channel show "No Reservations." He has never done a show in Milwaukee or Wisconsin for that matter, and for a show listed without a description, he’s done more than alright by selling out the box office.
In the last month, as I’ve mentioned the show to others, there’s often the same response: what exactly is his live show? And, well, to be honest, I don’t exactly know. That’s his power you see. I don’t really have a straight answer on what I’m going to see, I only know who I’m going to see. The mere mention of his name sold me on the ticket, regardless of what comes to be on stage tonight.
So, as friends question me with a look of curiosity, I find myself mumbling about the show, his books and his work without a definitive answer, just assuring them that they should be disappointed they are going to miss it.
Is he going to dissect the Milwaukee culinary scene? Maybe a few slides on worldly travels? Will he be talking about "Kitchen Confidential" and demonstrating a few Les Halles recipes? Heck, could this be a motivational speaking engagement propelling me to stand up against mainstream authority? Unlikely, but it just could be.
Regardless of the content, there are a few things I think we can count on with Bourdain in control. It will be witty, sarcastic, blatantly honest and downright entertaining.
OnMilwaukee.com staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.
After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined OnMilwaukee.com as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.
Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.