Wow. It's been a very long day. I have a whole new admiration for television personalities and production crews. What a lot of work! I started by arriving at the park when I was told to, and then I was told that they were running a little behind. We were all introduced to the host, Mark DeCarlo, and he truly is as he seems on TV. He's a lot of fun and a genuinely nice guy. It was kind of fun, as we were being introduced to him I was introduced as the blogger, while everyone else just got their names. And I was in good company- area chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs comprised my fellow burger cooks. And radio personalities. We had some outrageous radio personalities there who were a hoot! (Mad Dog and Merril anyone?)
It took such a long time to move from take to take and shot to shot. And I think I can safely say that I was no where near as witty or entertaining as the radio guys... however, Mr. DeCarlo did enjoy my burger, so at least that was a little something. To be completely honest, I will be surprised if I see myself on Taste of America. They spent an entire day filming here in town, and I am sure there is a lot that will end up on the cutting room floor. I'm okay with that. While exhausting, the experience was really fun, and I had the added benefit of having a friend unexpectedly join me for the event. It was really nice to have someone to visit with during down time. And there was plenty of down time.
All in all, I'd do it again. I think I would just like to be better informed next time. We had so much extra time that had I known that, I would have taken things like my slaw unprepared so I could do it on-site. I actually have no idea how the whole thing wrapped up either, because I had to duck out. Abigail had ballet practice tonight, and my parents were on their way out of town so I needed to retrieve my kids. I waited until the last possible second... and just a few minutes later we're dashing out of town, already late for ballet. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am not a speeder in my car. Ever since having children I am cautious and try to maintain the speed limit. And wouldn't you know (you've guessed what's coming, haven't you?) the one day that I am using excessive speed only because we are quite late, would be the day that I get pulled over. Seriously! What are the odds! So I did only get a warning, but then we were even more late, and then I was even more careful about not going too fast. Anyway, Abigail did make it to ballet, although 20 minutes late.
So it's been a long day, and I don't promise much exciting tomorrow. Why is it that I take one day off from things like dishes and laundry, and now I've got a certified disaster area on my hands? I'll be sure and let everyone know when this episode of Taste of America will air. In the meantime, check it out on The Travel Channel- the host is a ton of fun to watch.