A Night with Cuisine Unlimited, Katie Chin, and Kathy Griffin ~ Dinner and a show benefiting charity; a great way to spend a chilly Friday evening in Salt Lake City.My little northern Utah town of Logan is not completely devoid of arts and entertainment, however, it’s not the most happening of places either.
For this reason, I must head south to the big city (insert laughter here for all you really big city folks reading along) and enjoy the sites and sounds of Salt Lake City as often as my schedule will allow. Luckily, I was invited down to attend I was given two tickets to attend the dinner and the live show at the newly built Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. While dinner and a show sounds fun all on its own, my excitement was intensified when I learned it was a celebrity chef dinner with Katie Chin and a live comedy show by Kathy Griffin. Talk about a night out!!!
I have seen Chef Chin’s cooking programs on TV with her mom and just love their rapport and style. She was absolutely as genuine as her smile. Her food is delicious and I absolutely loved the few moments I got to chat with her before the whole evening began. Having two tickets on my hands meant I had to find date. I turned to Matthew to be my plus one. He’s attended plenty of events with me over the years and knows how to keep a girls’ nerves at bay, hand her a glass(es) of wine at the appropriate time, help style the food for a picture, and if I’m to be perfectly frank, is arm candy. (Yep, both he and his mom will be reading this too…Hi Matthew and Claudia.) Selfies always come out so grainy, but what can I do?
Once we arrived in Salt Lake City, I quickly got ready, shoving my body into a dress that when I saw it hanging on the rack in a San Francisco store just 3 days earlier, I thought there was no way I’d fit into it.
However, never underestimate the gay men in your life and what they tell you you can pull off. They were right! I wore the dress.Upon arriving at the theater, I got to work photographing the environment while Matthew acquired the much needed glass of wine for me. I was in the Black Box where dinner was to be served…not the most photographer friendly environments (hence the above ‘yikes’ face) when appetizers were being served in the receiving room just adjacent. I wandered over to get some shots of the delicious offerings being carried about on simple yet elegant white plates.
I’m grateful the staff was patient with me while I got the photographs I needed. I was working with new equipment for the first time and in the middle of a steep learning curve. Matthew even snapped a picture of me working, which is kind of cool and awkward all at the same time. Now I wasn’t just given tickets because they had them to spare. In return, I needed to write an article to be posted on their website, something I was more than happy to do.
I’d do a lot more for a kid-free, night out, in the city, wearing grown up clothes, with or without the above mentioned arm candy.
To read a more professional, less rambling account of the night, read my After dinner was served, we were led out, around, and back into the Eccles main area for the Kathy Griffin show.
She was absolutely hilarious and every bit irreverent as I expected her to be. She said she’s used to having people walk out on her show, but this baffled me. Why would one buy tickets to her show and not know the type of content her show contains? The people sitting next me did walk out and never came back. Their loss.
For a full review of her comedy show, check out Once the show concluded we returned upstairs to enjoy a small dessert and more cocktails before heading out into the cold winter air. We opted to stay the night in Salt Lake City, so we headed back to our hotel, I slipped into something a bit more comfy…my flannel pjs (anything to be out of that ‘yes I rocked it but enough is enough’ dress), we enjoyed additional cocktails, conversation, and a lovely city view.
All in all, A Night with Cuisine Unlimited, Katie Chin, and Kathy Griffin is not at all a bad way to spend an evening. If you live in the area or are going to be in the area, I highly recommend checking out the offerings of Cuisine Unlimited at the Eccles Center.
Now if you haven’t already done so, head on over and read my other account of the evening.