The 1st Annual Golden Clog Awards. It started out as a good excuse to get everyone together for a beach side fiesta at the Raleigh during the downtime between events at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Normal logic says 1+1=2, but in the case of Tony Bourdain and Michael Ruhlman things tend to
get out of hand snowball quickly. It is now an official event on the Friday Trade Day roster. Note to the publicists who have valiantly submitted their chef-clients for consideration, that despite the event's listing on the official program, there is no entry process, voting or protocol of any kind. There will be a last-minute assembly of nominees and advisory committee members followed by a spontaneous may-lay presentation of the illustriously cheesy statues, all fueled by what I expect to be frenzied audience participation. When it posted on the festival website yesterday, it was already sold out.