Tangled Branches: Satiated
riveting tales of how we sustain ourselves
Monday, May 05, 2008
Bam! Emeril Was at the Store Again
Things have changed a little since the last time I saw Emeril at the store. Now they have handouts in the shopping baskets telling you to Act Natural! (and don't look into the camera). In case you didn't read the handout, there's a guy at the entrance telling you that Emeril is in the store today and, by the way, Act Natural! Also, they've posted a lawyerly notice telling you that by entering the store you've consented to be on television and if you think you're gonna get paid for it, you can think again (paraphrasing here). Geez, I need to start wearing better clothes and makeup when I go to the store.
So what's all this about then? The handout says Emeril will be starring in a new show called Emeril Green on a new network called Planet Green, a branch of the Discovery Channel.
Do you want to be on TV as more than just a unpaid extra? The back of the handout is printed with the exact wording from this page on the Planet Green web site. They're looking for "enthusiastic and fun people" and since you have to tell them your age and send a photo, you'd probably better be young and attractive.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Bam! I Just Saw Emeril at the Store
I knew something was up at the Fair Lakes Whole Foods store as soon as I walked in. Perhaps it was the enormous video camera on a ladder tripod by the entrance. I thought they must be filming a commercial or something. The produce department was unusually well-stocked and that's where the camera was pointed, so I didn't think much more about it as I continued my shopping.
As I rounded the corner near the cheese department, I saw more video equipment, lighting, guys with headsets, etc. There were a few people behind the counter with their backs to me and I thought that guy looks like Emeril Lagasse. But I wasn't expecting to see Emeril Lagasse in my grocery store, ya know?, so I didn't stand there and stare or anything.
I continued on to the bakery department and found it absolutely overflowing with many different kinds of bread. The bread counter hasn't looked like that for months - at least not when I was there.
And then I continued to the checkout counter and asked the clerk, "What are they filming back there?" He said "Oh you know that chef that says Bam!? They're doing some kind of TV show with our stuff."