November 26, 2011

Chicago Cookbook Signing

The reason for my trip to Chicago was to attend the book signing of  The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge at the Williams-Sonoma located at 900 North Michigan Shops on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

Williams-Sonoma located on the second
 floor of 900 North Michigan Shops 
where  cookbook were  to be signed.

The sign inside the store advertising
the book signing with the Beekman Boys.

As one o'clock quickly approached my friend, and I headed towards 900 North Michigan Shops, my backpack firmly in place with the cookbook that was to be signed within, I zigged and zagged through the crowded street until I reached Williams-Sonoma. I quickly found the location of the book signing and was second in line.

This was the signing area.

Shortly the line behind me began to grow, and the area became very crowded. I talked with the man in front of me and the two ladies behind me. The ladies behind me were from Wisconsin,  just like me. One of them had two pet goats, for those of you who are not familiar with the Beekman Boys, Josh and Brent make goat cheese called Blaak cheese, and goat soap from the milk that is produced by the goats on the Beekman farm. She was a hugh fan of the Beekman Boys she wore a tee shirt, had a tote bag, and even brought a photo of her goats to share with them.

This is a photo of her goat reading 
the cookbook by Josh and Brent.

My friend who could have cared less about the book signing sat in a lounge area outside the store. Around 1:30 p.m. I received a text from my friend informing me that she just saw Josh and Brent entering the store. Of course, I shared this information with my new friends, and we all asked each other to take photos of the signing with our respective phones and cameras.  

As I was talking to the man first in line, I saw them approach the signing area. They were twenty minutes early for the signing! A store employee was assigned to take photos for the customers how nice of them, I thought until I say the photo.

Josh on the left, me, Brent.
This was taken by the store employee.

This was taken by my friend.
Both are awful in my opinion.

 Josh signing my cookbook.

I was thrilled to have had my cookbook signed, have a photo taken (even if it is an awful photo of me), and to have chatted with them for a few seconds.  

You don't know who Josh and Brent are? Just click on the link:  Meet Josh and Brent. Visit the Beekman 1802 website at:
Even Martha Stewart (Josh use to work for her) visited The Beekman Farm.  Just click on the link: Martha Stewart visits the Beekman Farm.

I have just finished reading The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers - An Unconventional Memoir written by Josh Kilmer-Purcel.

This memoir takes the reader from the purchase of the farm through the ups and downs of the first two years, and everything in between. A quick entertaining read.

I was ready to head back to Wisconsin on the 4:35 p.m. train. It was a fantastic time I loved my visit to downtown Chicago.

Next week I am returning to the windy city for the Christkindlmarket I can't wait!

1 comment:

  1. i've not heard of them but will check them out at your link...
    sounds like a fun time
    and i think the pics are good...don't be so hard on yourself...